Eco-Ethics International Union
Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics (ESEP)
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4. REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RESEARCH PROGRAMME
The period under review is acclaimed successful with the acceptance of a joint text in the Journal of Health Policy, put forward by the Ghana EGR chair and Dr. Kwame Gbesemete (currently of the Swedish International Development Agency, SIDA, and formerly of the Department of Rural Development Studies, Swedish Agricultural University, in Sweden). The manuscript (forthcoming), is based on 'Rural perspectives in Ghana on the level of condom acceptance in sexual relations, willingness to test oneself for HIV before and in marriage and sources of information on HIV/AIDS'. It also compares policy approaches to combating HIV/AIDS in the communities. Of particular relevance is the comparative analysis of the Ghanaian situation to that of Thailand. The two case studies addressed from the Ghanaian perspective were taken from EGR project areas in Daman and Adoagyiri.
5. CONCLUSION AND OUTLOOK
Within the mandates of our institution, we expect to improve on our contacts with regulatory bodies and raise more funds to consolidate our programmes. We hope to improve our mobilization strategies to attract more people into our organization as well as engage more resource people to train groups in quick-yielding ventures to supplement income from traditional occupations and break long seasonal fallow periods as well as improve on saving habits.
DATE: Mon. 17th — Wed. 19th November 2003
THEME: Eco-Ethics: Building a New House for Humanity
The new Ghana Chapter (EEIU-Ghana-REDEF) was launched during a 3-day 'Environmental Ethics' conference that brought together 20 participants, all EEIU members, drawn from the Eastern and Central regions of Ghana. Also in attendance was Mr. Benards Okeyo, Chair of EEIU-Kenya/Mombasa, Staff of REDEF, representatives of the National Population Council of Ghana (NPC), representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Lecturers, Staff and Students of Cape Coast University.
The purpose of the 3-day conference was to enable participants to:
Welcome Address by EEIU-Ghana-REDEF Chair, Denis W. Aheto
Mr. Chairman, Representatives of the National Population Council of Ghana, Representative of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Staff of REDEF, Chair of the EEIU-Kenya Chapter, members of EEIU-Ghana Chapter and invited guests, I am deeply honoured by your presence today for the launch of our Chapter here in Cape Coast. I am very pleased we have been able to found a local Chapter of the Eco-Ethics International Union here in Ghana.
The Ghana Chapter, which was formed in Germany at the beginning of this year, has been embraced in Ghana by a flourishing membership. I am particularly grateful to Prof. Kinne, President of the EEIU, for his initiative in coming up with the laudable idea of 'eco-ethics', which sets out to provide a global platform for a deeper reassessment of current human-environmental interactions through international networking. To Mary Batson, the international coordinator, under whose able leadership a network of Chapters has grown beyond imaginable dimensions addressing various issues within the environment discourse, but with a common purpose that relates to the challenges we face in the sustenance of our ecosystems as well as our common survival.
We are also grateful to have in our midst the Chair of the Kenya Chapter, Mr. Benards Okeyo, who has traveled all the way from Kenya to be with us today. I would also like at this juncture to acknowledge the important role played by PD Dr. Broder Breckling, Lecturer/ Researcher at the Institute for Environmental Research and Technology (UFT), Universität Bremen, Germany and George Morara, a colleague and friend of the Kenyan Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Kenya, who have been instrumental in making the Ghana EEIU-REDEF Chapter a reality.
Mr. Chairman, the activities of our Chapter are carried out by the Rural Entrepreneur Development Foundation (REDEF), a non-profit organization headquartered in Nsawam. Our EEIU-Ghana-REDEF collaborative activities cover issues related to reproductive health, skill development, microfinancing and research on related issues. We believe these are central initiatives that can help mitigate poverty and the wanton over-exploitation of our flora and fauna in Ghana.
It is true that environmental degradation has undermined basic environmental services such as water supply, caused declines in health conditions and ecosystem productivity and eventual loss of livelihoods. Long-term considerations such as the sustainability of the natural resource base have become less important.
Currently we run a number of modest projects: Our Foundation school at Darmang, in the Eastern region, is one that has become a beacon of hope for many children and has brought relief to many parents. Our microfinancing project in Agbeve in the Volta region has enabled some women involved in the mat-weaving industry to stand on their own feet. Yet others are yet to be started — plans are underway towards the construction of our office complex that will house a mini conference/seminar room, library, and guest rooms among others. Finally, I would like to congratulate the staff of REDEF — Mr. Moses Edison, Mr. Daniel Okyere and Ms. Grace Amponsah, whose untiring efforts have made this launching a reality. Thank you all for coming!
Address by EEIU President, Professor Dr. Otto Kinne (Headquarters, Oldendorf/Luhe, Germany)
Read on his behalf by EEIU-Kenya Chair Mr. Benards Okeyo
Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, Colleagues and Friends,
Welcome to the launching of EEIU Ghana Chapter, EEIU Ghana REDEF, in Cape Coast, Ghana! I very much regret that I am unable to attend in person, as does Mary Batson, coordinator of Union affairs. We applaud the activities of the EEIU Ghana REDEF Chapter and are grateful to all those who initiated, planned and organised this important meeting. We are pleased that the Chair of another very active African EEIU Chapter, Okeyo Benards, is present. Both the Kenya/Mombasa Chapter and the Ghana REDEF Chapter have significantly contributed to the worldwide success of our Union. I sincerely thank the Chairs and Members.
EEIU is growing rapidly. It now has 72 Chapters in 66 countries, close to 1,000 Members and 95 Fellows — a remarkable progress story considering the fact that the Union was founded in 1998, i.e. only 5 years ago. And these numbers increase almost daily.
The founding sponsor of EEIU, Inter-Research, offers wide global visibility to all EEIU Components. In October 2003, for example, "Summary.net" recorded 738,999 hits by 83,964 visitors residing in 166 countries.
The Union welcomes local initiatives and local diversity assembling under a global umbrella of unifying overall concepts and theses. Local views can be of great importance for the development of global perspectives. In fact, local uniqueness of history and religion is a treasure: a document of human evolution and the principle basis for appreciating the complexity of human thought and conduct.
EEIU concepts and theses have not only turned out to effectively articulate our new worldwide ethics construct, but they have also been able to attract people with widely diverging histories and ethical as well as religious backgrounds. I consider this a most promising foundation for improving inter-human relationships and for increasing human willingness to accept responsibilities for the rapidly growing severe impacts of Homo sapiens on its fellow creatures and the prerequisites for their well-being and survival. Thus the EEIU has become a center of hope and light in the midst of increasing hopelessness and darkening perspectives for a better world.
EEIU Chapters like those in Ghana and Kenya are growing into powerful instruments assisting in building a new house for humanity!
Speech by Okeyo Benards, M.Sc., Chair EEIU-Kenya Chapter, 18 November 2003
The Chairman, Guests, Government officials, Colleagues and Participants, JAMBO!!
I am very happy to be here in Ghana today, the land of such renowned Africans as Kwame Nkrumah, Kofi Annan and Denis Aheto. Yes! It's an African calling to visit a neighbour before you can pretend to speak his language.
I am delighted that today, the 18th of November 2003, we are officially launching the birth of EEIU-Ghana Chapter. A Chapter that is second in Africa after the Kenyan Chapter. A Chapter that I somewhat inspired its formation. A Chapter whose leadership is in the able hands of my long-time friend Denis Aheto and his beloved colleagues.
I and Denis share a lot in common: our educational backgrounds which trace back to having been students of marine and coastal ecology at Universität Bremen, Germany, our inspiration for a united African approach to ethical exploitation of African resources, our dream of a people who are mindful of their actions to the environment and our actions in mobilizing persons from all walks of life to participate in environmental actions that could assist in restoration of ecological integrity especially in the African continent. Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you in this walk!
In the pursuit of achieving the above goals, we yield to the premise that 'a good idea gives birth to even a better idea' and I want to request you to get involved in the formation of an EEIU-African Summit. This summit is intended to act as a platform to share gains made by various African Chapters, the challenges, and to compare experiences as modified by our highly heterogeneous nationalistic boundaries. As we say in the Masaai language, 'The young man who stood atop the mountain was only able to see until he went over the valley that he was able to talk with neighbours downhill'. We do not only want to 'see' (know) our problems, but we also want to get to discuss them and brainstorm on how to solve them together if that be the way forward. I assure you that in this togetherness, you find a willing partner in the EEIU-Kenya Chapter.
Ladies and Gentlemen: before I come to a close, allow me to express the gratitude of our EEIU-Kenya Chapter to the Ghanaian officials, members and institutions for their help and understanding in the institutionalization of this Chapter and its effort to realize some of their objectives. We hope and request that this help continues as this new Chapter is moulded. I must also mention the support of EEIU head office, especially the help of Prof. Dr. Otto Kinne (EEIU President), the mentor and scholar behind the whole worthy concept, Mary Batson (EEIU Coordinator), who has been very supportive and vital in the incorporation of this Chapter. Also worthy of mention is PD Dr. Broder Breckling of Universität Bremen (a thesis supervisor of Denis and myself), who gave instrumental impetus for the launching of this Chapter here in Cape Coast.
I wish the launching, in its entirety, fruitful hours of success in its objectives. Thank you! Ahsante sana!
Keynote address by Special Guest of Honour, Mr. Paul Djan, Regional Director, National Population Council Secretariat (NPCS), Cape Coast, Central Region
Mr. Chairman, the importance of this workshop on 'Environmental Ethics' cannot be overemphasized. For this reason, I am happy to be associated with this organization. Every Ghanaian would wish to have an environment that is not over-exploited. But how do we achieve this? This calls for a great deal of environmental responsibilities on our part (ethics).
Sand winning, illegal mining activities, improper disposal of waste, uncontrolled bush burning, deforestation, and pollution leading to eventual loss of lagoons and beaches with the consequent loss of their productive value as sanctuaries for wildlife, birds and spawning places of fish are all examples of environmental problems we face in Ghana today.
Addressing Ghana's environmental priorities therefore requires a concerted approach on many fronts. It is linked with broader developmental concerns such as poverty and diseases including HIV/AIDS among others. Interventions are required from a multi-sectoral perspective, including international, national, and regional as well as local levels. It is in this regard that we have the responsibility as a people in working hand in hand to solve the myriad environmental problems confronting today's humanity.
Mr. Chairman, Ghana is party to a number of international conventions which deal with the environment. Nonetheless, I concede that there is still a lot that we as a people need to do in this area — we need to step up our public education efforts on issues pertaining to environmental ethics.
We need to reject any acts of environmental degradation, enact and enforce existing laws that are effective enough in deterring people from trampling on our well-cherished environment. We need to overcome certain cultural, traditional and societal barriers that hinder efforts to live in harmony with nature.
There is also the need for constant and systematic advocacy and lobbying at the community, national and international levels, if we are to make meaningful headway in this direction. I therefore call for a strong and close collaboration between government and non-governmental organizations such as the Eco-Ethics International Union, yet to be launched today. We want to be able to harness all our human resources for our national development. In this light, our media also have a crucial role to play in this direction, and in conscientising people on how we can help live in harmony with our environment.
Mr. Chairman, it is with the above issues in mind that I consider a workshop such as this, which seeks to impact knowledge and information, and particularly on 'environmental ethics', a very opportune one indeed. It is my hope that the 3-day workshop will not only educate the participants but will also impart the necessary skills and knowledge needed for your work. Thank you.
"When I was asked to chair this ceremony, I quickly glanced at the address of the organization. I was impressed to note that the organization is located at Adoagyiri, Nsawam, and very close to the rural folks for that matter. I say this because location is very important when it comes to issues such as your organization seeks to address i.e. balancing individual interests and that of our natural heritage, which is our environment for that matter. To this end, I see your organization as a credible organization."
Chairman for the Occasion, Mr. Kofi Manu
Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Extension, School of Agricultural Economics, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana
"Despite the various interventions — policies, research and mechanisms in place, adequate care has not been taken to safeguard our resources. There is the need to reverse the trend through effective coordination and networking with organizations such as yours. It is for this reason my organization is prepared to collaborate with you."
Mr. Francis Mbawini Zakari, Central Regional Director
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Cape Coast, Ghana
"I feel honoured and privileged to be with you this morning. The relationship between 'population' and the 'physical environment' has been recognized from time immemorial. However, the desire to survive puts undue strain on resources that eventually lead to outright destruction and disruption of the ecosystems. It is for this reason that organizations such as the EEIU are needed to promote high-level advocacy for environmentally friendly policies, which will help preserve our rich natural resources for the future use of our children's children."
Mr. Kofi Abinah, Regional Population Officer
National Population Council Secretariat (NPCS), Koforidua, Ghana
In conclusion, the following constitute key points of the various workshop sessions based on deliberations among participants, resource persons and invited guests:
Other Dignitaries in Attendance
Financial support for the conference was provided by REDEF. We are grateful to Mr. Benards Okeyo, Chair of the EEIU Kenyan Chapter, for funding the full cost of his trip to Ghana.
Our utmost appreciation goes to the management of the Sasakawa Centre, University of Cape Coast, for providing our team and invited guests with a serene environment — accommodation and conference facilities that enhanced smooth deliberations. We are particularly grateful to the catering staff for their excellent services during our time at the guest house.
We received with joy the EEIU flag. It's really beautiful and we'll be erecting it very soon. Meanwhile, preparations for our launching are on with lots of excitement all around us. Plans for putting up permanent offices for REDEF, from where we'll carry out our EEIU-Ghana activities are underway. The plan, which includes offices, library & a conference/seminar room that can accommodate 50 people, is being worked on at the moment. We'll keep you updated.
Hi Marianne, good work done. We appreciate your efforts at making us receive the elegant EEIU flag. Thanks once again.
Response, 30 September 2003
Glad to hear that the flag arrived safe and sound, and that you're so pleased with it — I thought it was rather attractive myself, but then, I'm a little biased! :D You've got such exciting plans, with the launching and offices — amazing! Great that you'll be able to start off with these resources, it is a blessing that unfortunately not many of our Chapters are in possession of — but working towards. Very exciting!! It is always helpful and encouraging to have a central location from which to officially labor.
Well, Denis, keep me posted. Kirsten is working on your brochure as one of her top priorities, so hopefully we'll have something ready to go online in the next couple of weeks.
All the best, Denis, and a very nice afternoon,
A petition was also tabled for a computer for the new Chapter. Although the EEIU was unable to fulfil the request, Prof. Otto Kinne, EEIU President and Director of the Inter-Research Science Center (IR), agreed to this donation to the Chapter from IR. The computer, a Sony laptop, was ordered and just arrived this week. Chair Denis Aheto is sure that this assistance will greatly assist the efforts of the new Chapter!
Many thanks to Prof. Kinne and Inter-Research for the generous donation, and congratulations EEIU-Ghana-REDEF — you are on your way!
Discussing Chair Aheto's plans for the official launching of EEIU Ghana REDEF
I write to acknowledge receipt of a new SONY notebook computer ordered by Inter-Research for my chapter (EEIU-Ghana-REDEF). On my own behalf and on behalf of the membership of my chapter, I wish to thank you and Inter-Research for funding the full cost of the computer, to what we believe will go a long way to enhancing our EEIU-Ghana activities both in Ghana and abroad.
Thank you once again.
D. W. Aheto
It was agreed that during 2003 our focus will be on environmental ethics in the inland and coastal regions, with emphasis placed on publicity, advocacy on Eco-Ethics principles and a membership drive in four of the ten Regions of Ghana (Eastern, Volta, Central and Greater Accra). A number of strategies were identified for publicity and advocacy, including meetings and workshops with experts from universities, other environmental institutions and NGOs, decision-makers, civil society, and media and the development of an EEIU Ghana Eco-Ethics hand-out/leaflet. In addition, the main highlight of the year will be the launching of the EEIU Ghana Chapter.
Key activities were outlined for the weeklong launching: an opening ceremony and capacity-building workshops for volunteers on environmental ethics, among others. I used the opportunity to invite Prof. Kinne and Mary to Ghana for the opening ceremony due to take place in November 2003. Other options were explored for the possibility for Bernard Okeyo, EEIU Kenya Chair, to attend the opening ceremony in the event that Prof. Kinne or Mary cannot participate. It was concluded that activities for the year shall form a basis for identification and location of a proposed EEIU Ghana project, to be initiated in Ghana in early 2004. A number of possibilities were discussed for the coasts of Ghana.
At the close we were convinced that the meeting was tremendously successful, as a good working relationship had been established. On behalf of Prof. Kinne, Mary reiterated the EEIU's support for the EEIU Ghana Chapter through the EEIU-Ghana-REDEF collaboration.
D. W. Aheto
Letter, 1 February 2003
It is a pleasure for me to read your letter and to know of your noble involvements. Welcome to the Union and best wishes for realising your plans! Mary Batson and I look forward to cooperating with you. Wherever possible we are prepared to assist in your endeavors.
Warm regards and best wishes,
Letter, 28 January 2003
Subject: EEIU Ghana Chapter
Dear Prof. Kinne,
I wish to use this opportunity to thank you for the opportunity granted me to chair the Ghana Chapter of EEIU. I accept this honour with all humility, and also with a hope of a long-lasting relationship that will see our common goals come true in Ghana and perhaps the rest of the world.
The tenets of EEIU will be carried out in Ghana in collaboration with the Rural Entrepreneur Development Foundation (REDEF), a non-profit development organisation working in Ghana. REDEF aims to reduce poverty, disease and ignorance, espeically among women in rural areas through its Skill Development, Micro-financing, Family Planning and Reproductive Health programmes.
As the new Chair of the EEIU Ghana Chapter and founding member of REDEF, I wish to briefly outline how the objectives of EEIU will be implemented and accomplished through REDEF Ghana. We in REDEF heartily welcome this idea, as we see the theses of eco-ethics central — or perhaps the most important — to our course in REDEF. This is due to the following three reasons:
Denis Worlanyo Aheto
Reference: Barry J (1999) Environment and social theory. Routledge introductions to environment series. Routledge, London
Letter, 28 January 2003
Subject: Welcome to the EEIU
Dear Ms. Batson,
Thanks for the appointment as the Chair of the Ghana Chapter. I'm pleased to accept this. I also look forward to a rewarding experience with you and the EEIU.
Accordingly, I'm in the process of developing a brief statement of issues to be looked at in Ghana for the webpage. I'd appreciate if you send a copy of all your publications to my address here in Germany -in English- for further study.
Later, we can proceed to send some more to REDEF and my colleagues in Ghana for study. I'd also outline some plans for the Ghana Chapter for this year, for your information in my next mail. Your input will be very much appreciated. Expect this tomorrow. Have a nice day!
D. W. Aheto
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