Director's Welcome Message


Dr. Denis W. Aheto
Director, Center for Coastal Management

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Centre for Coastal Management (CCM) website. This website is part of our commitment to open communications to all our stakeholders as well as to the wider public interested in our activities and Ghana’s coastal environment.

The world is currently faced with multifaceted and complex challenges, such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, overexploitation of natural resources and environmental and health issues, which are critically linked to issues of poverty and the sustainability of ecosystems, and consequently, issues of resource security and political stability. This presents a serious problem especially for the future of our coastal areas where human activities are most intense occurring in the form of businesses such as oil and gas, and tourism, as well as livelihoods including fisheries as the case may be. There is the general concern that human welfare will decrease if the challenges posed by these developments are not managed. Therefore, a long-term management perspective is needed to avoid irreversible degradation of resources.

Since its inception in 2013, the Centre for Coastal Management has played a pioneering role and fostered demand-driven research, professional education and community services with an ultimate goal of collectively identifying and implementing strategies for building more resilient coastal communities.

To achieve this requires the skills of many disciplines. The Centre through its programmes, works with a broad range of experts not limited to fisheries scientists, climatologists, oceanographers, coastal ecologists, chemists, geographers, geologists, health professionals and economists as well as practitioners committed with the policy and institutional aspects of human development and coastal environmental sustainability such as the national and local government authorities including coastal resource managers, planners, engineers, and disaster management officials at regional and district levels.

Our technical advisory services and decision support tools makes the Centre an important reference point that provides opportunities for students, university faculty and research scientists to engage in interdisciplinary research or dialogue to promote understanding of the complex coastal environmental and social challenges. I am pleased that the Centre is committed to providing awareness on these issues and contributing to solutions around its core functions to effect changes that moves us towards healthier coastal ecosystems and human communities.

As I look at the growth over the past few years, I am extremely proud of what we have achieved, and even more excited about our outlook for an equally promising future. CCM is a success story that would not be possible without the contribution of our local and international partners who have shared in our vision and have contributed to our incredible journey thus far. We look forward to continuing to serve and engage with all other stakeholders in the future. We appreciate the ongoing support received from those who are interested in CCM’s activities and we look forward to working with all prospective partners. We pledge to continue in our efforts to exceed expectations.

I look forward to detailing all these and other developments at the appropriate time, and our website will remain the ideal source of updated information. Please make use of the many resources and features of this website, and return frequently to see the new programmes offerings, capabilities, and updates that we promise to make on an on-going basis.

Thank you for taking the time. I welcome any ideas, suggestions and constructive feedback you may have. You can contact me directly at daheto@ucc.edu.gh.

Sincerely,

Denis Worlanyo Aheto (PhD.)

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