CSOs engagement in SEA in Ghana
The Ghanaian government has various investments in the field of mining and oil & gas. Since these investments are in landscapes containing protected areas with high biodiversity values and providing livelihoods for local inhabitants, CSOs are concerned about the environmental and social impacts. SEA is specifically suitable to balance all interests at stake. Therefore, as part of the SRJS programme (IUCN-NL), the NCEA organised a workshop on stakeholder engagement, reviewing SEA processes and reports. After a week full of lively exchange and discussions, the CSOs decided to link their lobby and advocacy work more to SEA. Moreover, the CSOs and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) obtained an increased understanding of each other’s work and are planning on working more closely together.