The World Bank has secured a $1.5 million grant for Ghana for the imple-mentation of the “Improving Framework Conditions for Reducing Marine Litter and Pollution in Greater Accra Region.”

The grant was once funded by means of PROBLUE, an umbrella multi-donor consider fund partnership that helps built-in and sustainable financial construction in wholesome ocean.

The Acting Country Manager of the World Bank, Mr Dhruval Sahai, stated those in Accra the day before today at an afternoon’s workshop intended to reinforce framework stipulations for decreasing marine muddle and air pollution within the Greater Accra Region.

The workshop was once being organised as a part of the crew in command of the undertaking’s efforts to usher in a world expertise and listen to extra from stakeholders on motion against plastics air pollution.

Mr Sahai stated Ghana as a rustic has made nice strides to reinforce plastic waste assortment and control and was once now serving for example for the way different international locations may make development against a round financial system.

He stated the World Bank’s dual objective of elim-inating excessive poverty and boosting shared prosperity in an equitable and sustainable manner in step with the undertaking for the reason that plastic pollu-tion challenged the targets, now not best by means of negatively impacting livelihoods like fisheries and tourism sector, but in addition by means of hanging public well being at stake with flooding dangers exacerbated by means of clogged drains.

The World Bank Country Director stated the COVID-19 pandemic which had ended in a surge in single-use plastics that strained waste control efforts, additional showcased the will to cope with the plastic factor, including that support-ing international locations in addressing plastic waste was once a step-forward in assembly the dual targets with Ghana benefitting from more than a few initiatives.

He stated one of the most initiatives was once the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) Project, a $200 million funding undertaking geared toward decreasing the quantity of forged waste, together with plastics, flowing into the Odaw River Basin thru progressed forged waste man-agement and infrastructure.

“More recently another project is in prepa-ration under the West Africa Coastal Areas Programme, known as WACA which will involve targeted interventions to tackle plastic pollu-tion,” he stated.

Mr Bahai stated there was once the will for the non-public sector, native NGOs and casual sector to play key roles in making sure the good fortune of the initiatives by means of reforming insurance policies to create marketplace incentives for worth plastics, together with prolonged manufacturer duty and the will for larger capital investments from the non-public and the general public sector in bodily infrastructure.