On behalf of the Government and citizens of the Republic of Ghana, I welcome you all to this Conference on Environmental Research, Technology and Policy. We ar

AKWAABA TO GHANA

On behalf of the Government and citizens of the Republic of Ghana, I welcome you all to this Conference on Environmental Research, Technology and Policy. We are very proud as a nation to host this important conference.

Ghana’s involvement in this conference is very crucial because of its significance to our development. Basically the country’s economy is agrarian and it is supported by the industry and some trading activities. It is worthy to note that the environment underpins all these activities. This poses a remarkable challenge to environmental management in Ghana but every effort is being made by the Government to sustain the situation through local community participation.

The information and lessons from the various presentations on environmental research, technology and policy in this conference are going to adequately equip experts in the country and also inform decision making in no small way. I also believe that contributions and inputs from our local experts will be food for thought for some of you, so that at the end, every participant would gain one way or the other from the conference.

As a side attraction, I wish to use this opportunity to encourage

all foreign delegates to take some time off to visit the numerous ecotourism sites we have in the country This, I belief would add to the memories of the good and peaceful nation (Ghana) you have visited.

Have a pleasant stay.

Hon. Stephen Asamoah Boateng

(Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Environment)

CONFERENCE SCOPE & AIM

Over the last 30 years, a number of studies have shown that increased human and economic activities in many parts of the world have negatively impacted the Earth's environment: air, water and land. Economic activity can lead to environmental degradation by imposing stresses on natural resources and ecosystems and by increasing pollutant emissions. Environmental crisis impacts everyone on the planet but the degree to which populations living in different parts of the world contribute to this crisis depends on the level of economic development and consumption patterns. Studies suggest that as much as 70-80% of the earth’s resources (for example, fossil fuel, water, and forest products) are consumed by only 25% of the world’s population.

Although global environmental concerns are often categorized under broad themes such as climate change and desertification, environmental problems of concern to many of the world’s vulnerable groups living in marginal areas tend to have immediate consequences that affect the quality of life, livelihood and in many cases survival. Although policy and research have improved environmental sustainability in developed countries, similar gains have not been achieved in many parts of the developing world. A number of international forums, such as the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the 2004 World Summit on Sustainable Development, have identified the need for countries to reduce and eliminate unsustainable patterns of production and consumption and promote appropriate demographic policies.

The First International Conference on Environmental Research, Technology and Policy, ERTEP 2007, will bring researchers, consultants, engineers, scientists, NGOs, and policy makers together to discuss global environmental issues relating to resource exploitation and consumption, development of environmental monitoring and remediation technologies, and building the capacity for environmental policy making to protect fragile ecosystems. ERTEP 2007 will also address gender issues in environmental stewardship, especially in the world’s most vulnerable regions.

PROPOSED TOPICS

  1. Environment and Health Management

  2. Mining and Environment

  3. The impact of Oil/Gas extraction and Forestry on the Environment

  4. Integration of Gender in Environmental Management

  5. State of the art Technologies for Environmental performance and protection

  6. Water Treatment, Protection and Management

  7. Environmental Monitoring and Policy Development

  8. Sustainability, Corporate Investment and Social Responsibility

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Environment and Health Management

(A1.1)

Spatial distribution of heavy metals in drainage sediments of Takoradi-Axim area: Environmental implications of influence of surface geology and mineral occurrences. Emmanuel Owusu, Boudewijn de Smeth, Seidu Alidu

(A1.2)

A model for effective delivery of health infrastructure in Ghana. Andrew Oppong-Danquah, Noel Painting.........Page 14

(A1.3)

Influence of human activities and land use on heavy metal concentrations in irrigated vegetables in Ghana. E. Mensah, N., Kyei-Baffour, E. Ofori, G. Obeng.........Page 14

(A1.4)

Modeling Secondary Organic Aerosols: What’s really inside? Amanda L. Northcross, Myoseon Jang.........Page 15

(A1.5)

Water supply and health hazards in developing economies. A.A. Adeyemi, I.H. Adebakin .........Page 15

(A1.6)

Life cycle assessment of chocolate produced in Ghana. Augustine Ntiamoah, George Afrane.........Page 15

(A1.7)

E-waste: Sources, environmental concerns and waste management practices in Nigeria. Niskak U. Benson.........Page 16

(A1.8)

Impact of industrial activities on the physico-chemistry and mycoflora of the new Calabar River in Nigeria. O. Obire, W.N. Barade .........Page 16

(A1.9)

Microbial risk assessment: application and phases for evaluation of water quality. Maria Tereza Pepe Razzolini, Wanda Maria Risso Gunther, Adelaide Cassia Nardocci.........Page 17

(A1.10)

Environment, migration, and food security in the upper west region of Ghana. Isaac Luginaah, Tony Weis, Sylvester Galaa, Mathew K. Nkrumah, Rachel Benzer-Kerr, Daniel Bagah.........Page 17

(A2.11)

The need for an integrated disaster management strategy in North African Cities: A case study of Algiers (Algeria).Djillali Benouar.........Page 18

(A2.12)

Integrated sewage and health care waste-to-energy for greening health care institutions in developing countries: The case of BTWAL waste-to-energy application in Ghana. Philip Acquah, Dr. John Afari Idan.........Page 18

(A2.13)

Poultry waste disposal practices in the Kumasi Metropolis. A. Bart-Plange, A.Addo, N. Kyei-Baffour.........Page 19

(A2.14)

Heavy metal levels in singed cattle hide (WELE) and its human health implications. D.K. Essumang, D.K. Dodoo, K.C. Adokoh, V. Koka, B.N. Nkrumah, A.C.D. Nuer.........Page 19

(A2.15)

Engineering assessment of medical waste management in selected hospitals in Osun State. O.O. Fadipe, M.O. Ogedengbe .........Page 19

(A2.16)

Environmental contaminant in breast milk and their impacts: incorporation, methodology analysis and risk assessment. Dr.Paul C. Njoku, Bhanuvita Ridhima Njoku, Rani Durgawati Vihwavidyalay.........Page 20

(A2.17)

Noise pollution and human health: a case study of Port Harcourt Metropolis in rivers state of Niger Delta Region-Nigeria. Mrs. Mfrekemfon P. Inyang.........Page 20

(A2.18)

Sustainable production of traditional medicines in Africa. Osunderu Oluwakemi Abosede.........Page 21

(A2.19)

A Study on health care waste management practice in Dhaka City. Mr. Ashrafur Rahman, Masum Ahmed Patwary, M. Habibur Rahman.........Page 21

  1. Mining and Environment

(B1.1)

Dealing with environmental issues post privatization of the mining sector Zambian experience. Joseph Makumba.........Page 21

(B1.2)

Quantification of the impact of irrigating with coalmine waters on the underlying aquifers. Danie Vermeulen, Brent Usher.........Page 22

(B1.3)

Biogeochemical processes in mine waste dumps and their impact for remediation measures. Axel Schippers, Dagmar Kock.........Page 22

(B1.4)

A pilot study of three soil covers for mine decommissioning. Celestine Allotey, Dr. Ernest K. Yanful.........Page 23

(B1.5)

Heavy metal concentrations of sediments from small scale gold mining sites in the Ashanti and western regions of Ghana. A. Manu,Y.A. Twumasi, T.L. Coleman. A.A. Mensah, M.A. Tabatabai, A.E. Norton.........Page 23

(B1.6)

The assessment and mitigation of pollution from historic, mines in British Columbia, Canada. Robert G. McCandless.........Page 23

(B1.7)

Contaminated identities: understanding human and environmental risks and livelihood options among small-scale gold miners in Ghana. Dr. Petra Tschakert, Nicole Laliberte.........Page 24

(B1.8)

Ghana’s mining laws: assessment of sustainable development and mine reclamation in Ghana. Henry Antwi, Victoria Bleppony.........Page 24

(B1.9)

ICMM’s good practice guidance for mining and biodiversity. Peter Coombes, John H Gardner .........Page 24

(B1.10)

Enviromental impact of mining and ore processing – a case study at satellite goldfields limited. Mr. Albert Otchere Ainoo, Prof. Newton Amegbey, Dr. Raymond S. Suglo .........Page 25

(B2.11)

The impact of mining on the riverine ecosystem of Ghana – a strategic environment assessment perspective. Joseph S. Amakye, Seth Larmie, Ron Smit.........Page 25

(B2.12)

An investigation of the effect of the degree of saturation on the oxygen reaction rate coefficient of sulphidic tailings. Mathieu Gosselin, Mamert Mbonimpa, Michel Aubertin, Vincent Martin.........Page 26

(B2.13)

Application of coal fly ash to replace lime in management of reactive mine tailings. Hongliu Wang, Julie Shang, Yanqing Xu, Muluken Yeheyis, Ernest Yanful.........Page 26

(B2.14)

Assessment of a natural wetland for the remediation of acid mine drainage (AMD) at Tarkwa, Ghana. Miss V.E. Asamoah, Prof. E.K. Asiam, Dr. J.S. Kuma.........Page 26

(B2.15)

Mining, miner’s health and community health. Dr. Edith Clarke, Dr. Bjorn Wenngren.........Page 27

(B2.16)

The ecological situation of Mongolia. Sharav Purevsuren.........Page 27

(B2.17)

Preliminary studies on the water quality of the active areas of the Ashanti gold belt. Francis W.Y. Momade, Grace S. Darabor.........Page 27

(B2.18)

Neutralization potential of reclaimed limestone residual (RLR).H. Keith Moo-Young.........Page 28

(B2.19)

Evaluation of humidity cell as kinetic technique in AMD prediction. N. Himidi E., Mohamedelhassan, L.M. Amaratunga, J.Q. Shang.........Page 28

(B2.20)

The transboundary transportation of mine pollutants in the southern African subcontinent. Simangele Dalmini.........Page 28

(B2.21)

Phenomenal environmental impact of artisanal small scale gold mining at Teshi in the Zebillah District, Ghana. S. Al-Hassan, R.S. Nartey, R.K. Amankwah.........Page 28

(B2.22)

Guidelines for tailings dam safety-an initiative by the Swedish mining industry. Lars-Ake Lindahl.........Page 29

(B2.23)

Mining and corporate social responsibility (CSR) partnerships within a South African context. L. Mabuza, N. Molebatsia, M. Kwata.........Page 29

(B2.24)

To what extent is sustainable local economic and community development possible through mining? Mr. Mekiah Mugonda.........Page 29

(B2.25)

Challenges facing Zambia in managing environmental degradation due to small scale mining activities. Dr. Victor Mutambo.........Page 30

(B2.26)

Intelligent machine monitoring and sensing for safe surface mining operations. S. Frimpong, Y. Li, N. Aouad.........Page 30

  1. Oil and Gas Extraction and Environment

(C1.1)

Thermal utilisation of solid recovered fuels as part of an integrated waste management concept. Gregory Dunnu, Jörg Maier, Alexander Gerhardt.........Page 31

(C1.2)

The Kyoto Protocol and its Window of Opportunities for the Nigerian Gas Sector. Morgan Leo, Shawn E. Simmons.........Page 31

(C1.3)

Acid sulphate soil risk mapping: a tool for sustainable oil and gas production in wetland areas. Dr. Elijah Ohimain.........Page 32

(C1.4)

Managing corporate-community conflicts: lessons from forest-mining conflicts in Ghana. E. Marfo.........Page 32

(C1.5)

Proposed plan of action for research on desertification in the Sudan: with special reference to Greater Darfur States. Dr. Abdalmohsin Rizgalla, Dr. Daldoum M.A., Dr. Salih A.A.........Page 33

(C1.6)

Natural regeneration of Boswellia papyrifera Del (Hochst) stands in Jebel Marra Dar Fur, Sudan. Abuelgasim A. Adam, A. Elhouri Ahmed, Abdalla M. El Tayeb.........Page 33

(C1.7)

Reversing Africa’s deforestation for sustainable development. Kwadwo Tutu, Charles Akol.........Page 33

(C1.8)

Settlement erosion: a case study of the Sunyani Municipality. N. Kyei-Baffour ,E. Ofori, E. Mensah, S. Barnie .........Page 34

(C1.9)

Assessing environmental implications of converting agricultural land for bioenergy feedstock production in North Alabama. E.Z. Nyakatawa D.A. Mays, V.R. Tolbert.........Page 34

(C1.10)

Environmental services of agroforestry in southern Africa: lessons, challenges and future directions. G. Sileshi, F. K. Akinnifesi, P. W. Matakala, O.C. Ajayi.........Page 34

(C2.11)

Soil desiccation in the loess plateau region of China. Li Wang, Quanjiu Wang, Sanping Wei.........Page 35

(C2.12)

Impact and management of spills in Nigeria. Akpan Iniobong C. .........Page 35

(C2.13)

Soil pollution by a refinery near Port Harcourt, Nigeria. G.R.E.E Ana, G.T. Leton, M. K. C. Sridhar.........Page 36

(C2.14)

Impact and management of oil spill in the Niger Delta. Francesca E Essien.........Page 36

(C2.15)

Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon absorption by fish in crude oil contaminated waters. Chimezie Anyakora, Herbert Coker, Ibukun Afolami, Teddy Ehianeta, Ugochukwu Obiakor, Funke Babalogbon.........Page 37

(C2.16)

West African gas pipeline (WAGP) project: associated problems and possible remedies. E.O. Obanijesu, M.A. Waheed, S.R.A. Macaulay.........Page 37

(C2.17)

Blends of polyvinyl pyrrolidone and polyacrylamide as corrosion inhibitors for aluminum in acidic medium. S. A. Umoren, E. E. Ebenso.........Page 37

(C2.18)

Assessment of coastal estuarine contamination by total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPHs) and heavy metal in mangrove sediments and Tympanotonus fuscatus from the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Nsikak Udom Benson, Joseph Peter Essien, Sylvester Peter Antai. .........Page 38

(C2.19)

A multi-disciplinary approach to reclamation research in the oil sands region of Canada. Chris Kelln, S. Lee Barbour, Brett Purdy, Clara Qualizza.........Page 38

(C2.20)

A comparative case study for detection of radiation in vegetable leaves, in a coastal oil producing and hinterland non-oil producing regions in Akwa Ibom State. Godfrey T. Akpabio, Bassey E. Bassey.........Page 39

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