The Environmental Protection Agency, EPA says it is not responsible for rubbish collection and waste management, although it is mandated to among other things ensure a clean and safe environment.

However, it performs a supervisory role for the collection and management of waste as well as ensuring a healthy environment for individuals and organisations to thrive.

The Acting Director of Public Affairs of the Agency, Mrs. Angelina Mensah made this known at a training workshop for journalists on Environmental reporting in Accra.

Issues of climate change and environmental conservation and protection have been on the global agenda for many years.

In Ghana, the effects of illegal mining among other things could plunge the safety of the country’s environment into chaos.

It is against this backdrop that the EPA organised a two day workshop to train journalists on environmental reporting.

This is to equip journalists with relevant skills to produce environmental stories that would influence policy on environmental conservation.

The acting Director of Public Affairs of the Agency, Mrs. Angelina Mensah said the collaboration with the media will help the EPA perform its mandate.

“We identified the media as a partner to collaborate in such a programme and so a needs assessment was done with the objective of identifying the key needs of journalists to enable the EPA take decisions on the relevant content and appropriate format of training in envronmental reporting. They [the journalists] were very responsive, they participated and enjoyed the workshop. Even with the questions they asked, it shows they had taken the information in very well”.

One of the issues that came up for discussion was waste collection and management. Mrs Mensah said although the EPA is responsible for safeguarding the environment, her organisation is not responsible for collection of rubbish.

“The EPA is not resposible for waste collection or waste management.We collaborate, coordinate and set standards for the assembles to follow in the area of waste management. We’ve been giving guidelines to the assembles on how they should manage their waste”

A participant who spoke to Radio Ghana was hopeful that the training will improve his reports on environmental issues.

“We are grateful and always available for such workshops. This will enable us better educate the public on the environment.”

More than 20 journalists from a number of media houses were taken through ways of writing attractive environmental stories to help shape the minds of Ghanaians on the effects of climate change.

Story by Nathaniel Nartey

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