University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

The University of Ghana was founded as the University College of the Gold in 1948 for providing and promoting university education, learning and research. University of Ghana is run on a collegiate system and comprises the following colleges:

As part of its vision to become a world class research intensive institution, University of Ghana has identified four priority areas where the university will focus and promote international collaboration in research initiatives to enhance the University’s research output. These research areas are:

  • Malaria Research
  • Trans-disciplinary Research into Climate Change Adaptation
  • Enhancing Food Production and Processing
  • Development Policy and Poverty Monitoring and Evaluation

As the leading university in Ghana, the University aims to produce the next generation of thought leaders to drive national development. Through our research institutes and other centres of learning and research, faculty members are involved in studies that support policy making for national development, often in collaboration with other international institutions. The student population is over 38,000 made up of students enrolled on our regular programmes, sandwich programmes, and distance education as well as students from affiliate institutions. The total staff strength is more than 5,000.

The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) was established in 2010 as a research institute to meet the nation’s needs for broad-based education, training and research in the science, policy and management of environmental and sanitation processes in the wider African and global context. Its mission is to meet the nation’s needs for broad-based education, training and research in the science, policy and management of environmental and sanitation processes in the wider African and global context”.

The Institute has worked extensively with a wide spectrum of stakeholders on several environmental issues, including integrated coastal zone management, climate change adaptation, water resource management, natural resource management, risk assessment, sanitation and public health. It runs graduate (M.Phil and PhD) programmes in Environmental Science and has over 50 enrolled students.

Research Projects in Natural Resources Management

BSc, MSc and Doctoral Programs relevant to CNRD

Activities in capacity development relevant to CNRD


Pool of Experts

Ecology; Aquatic Resources Management; Waste Management; Biodiversity Management; Environmental Impact Assessment; Water and Sanitation; Organic Waste Management; Environmental Education Annang, Ted Yemoh (Dr.)
Forest and Wildlife Resources Management; Nature Conservation and Local Livelihood Conflicts; Land Use/Cover Change in the Volta Basin, Ghana; Climate Change Policy; Mangrove Ecosystems Management Ayivor, Jesse Sey (Dr) ;
Soil Conservation, Pollution Control and Remediation; Agrochemical Transport in Porous Media; Climate Change Impact on Landuse/cover; Soil Tillage; Soil Carbon Dynamics; Soil Nutrient Management Darko, Daniel Amoako (Dr) ;
Climate Change Impact Assessment, Adaptation and Poverty Reduction; Climate Change and the Urban Poor; Sanitation; Site Specific Nutrient Management; Soil Degradation and Environmental Pollution; Land-use/Land-cover Change on Soil Moisture, Runoff and Nutrients Fosu-Mensah, Benedicta (Dr) ;
Mangroves and Coastal System; Environmental Governance; Water Resource Management; Biodiversity; Policy Gordon, Chris (Prof) ;
Water Quality and Water Resource Management; Pesticides and Heavy Metals in Environmental Matrices; Climate Change Impact and Water Resources Utilization Koranteng, Samuel Senyo (Dr) ;
Climate Change; Environmental Education and Policy; Human-Environment Interactions; Integrated Coastal Zone Management; Sanitation and Environmental Health; Sustainable Tourism Lawson, Elaine Tweneboah (Dr) ;
Landuse Inter-linkages with Aquatic Systems; Coastal Science; Climate Chanage Adaptation; Climate Change and Governance Mensah, Adelina Maria (Dr) ;
Pollution and Pollution Control in Inland Waters; Wetlands Ecology and Management; Lake and Reservoir Limonology and Management; Large Dams Impact on Ecosystems functioning and Community Livelihoods; Environmental Governance and Policy Research; Industrial Ecology and Green Initiatives; Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Nukpezah, Daniel (Dr) ;
Rural Resources; Local Markets Domestic Trade; Urban Development; City Food Supply Systems; Community Livelihood (Dam-affected areas); Climate Change Adaptation Ofori, Benjamin Dankyira (Dr) ;
Land-use/cover dynamics and sustainable management; GIS and Remote Sensing; Climate Change; Landuse analysis and modeling; Hazard Risk Assessment and Early Warning Systems Pabi, Opoku (Dr)
Public Health; Water and Sanitation; Parasitology; Epidemiology; Environment and Parasites of Wildlife Yirenya-Tawiah, Dzidzo (Dr)


Project Leader

Prof. Chris Gordon

Director, IESS

Phone: +233 302 966976

Project Coordination

Dr. Dzidzo Yirenya-Tawiah

Senior Research Fellow

Phone: +233 244 624 657