SEA for Poverty Reduction in Ghana

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In 2002 Ghana published the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. It provides the framework for the government’s economic policy and for all development assistance to Ghana. Little attention was given to environmental impacts of the various policies. Ultimately, this may harm economic growth. Moreover, the potential contribution of natural resources to the national economy were not sufficiently mapped, thus missing opportunities. The Government of Ghana therefore decided to carry out a Strategic Environmental Assessment to adjust the strategy where needed. Strategic Environmental Assessment was applied at national and district level, providing options that are both pro-poor and pro-environment. These could then be used for the future update of the Strategy and to make over a 100 district development plans more sustainable.
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