About CECI-Ghana

CECI, Ghana is a not-for-profit civil society (non-government) organization that is engaged in promoting environmental sustainability initiatives through citizen’s informal education, non-formal education, formal education, awareness, advocacy and actions.

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The Centre was founded to promote environmental citizenship initiatives through the preservation, protection, and restoration of Ghana’s environment and natural resources. It seeks to sustain commitment of Ghanaians to engage in practices and initiatives that contribute towards environmental protection, preservation and restoration in the local level where Ghanaians live.

The Centre that promotes pro-environmental values and actions is based in Accra and works throughout Ghana.

Need for the Centre

The protection of environment of Ghana is one of the pressing issues confronting the government of Ghana. Every individual, community, organization, institution etc. has an obligation and duty to protect it. Environmental protection encompasses not only pollution but also sustainable development and conservation of natural resources and the ecosystem. Today, the necessity of environmental awareness and enforcement is more demanding and urgent than ever before. Despite provisions in Ghana’s 1992 Constitution providing for environmental protection and many statutory provisions, the environment degradation continues. The main cause for environment degradation is lack of effective enforcement of various laws.

It is on record that Ghana could not execute activities on the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7 (2000-2015). In ushering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – 2015-2030, Ghanaians have to legitimate rights and responsibilities to undertake initiatives that will safeguard the environment, as well as hold to account, all citizens to account as far as SDG 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 are concerned.

The emergence of environmental NGOs in Ghana represents an organized response by civil society especially in those areas in which the country has either failed to reach or done so inadequately. The importance of public awareness and NGOs involvement in environmental protection is acknowledged by all stakeholders. Environmental NGOs in Ghana have been taking a number of steps to promote discussion and debate about environmental issues, outside the broad spheres of popular media and the educational system. Advocacy and awareness is becoming especially crucial in the country promoting concepts such as sustainable development, natural resource conservation and the restoration of ecosystems.

Environmental NGOs is Ghana could sensitize policy makers about the local needs and priorities. They can often intimate the policy makers about the interests of both the poor and the ecosystem as a whole. In providing training facilities, both at community and government levels, Environmental NGOs can play a significant role. They can also contribute significantly by undertaking research and publication on environment and development related issues. It is therefore important and necessary to support and encourage genuine, small, local level Environmental NGOs in different parts of the country, which can provide much needed institutional support specific to the local needs.

Legal Status

The Centre for Environmental Citizenship Initiatives, Ghana (CECI, Ghana) is a Ghana based environmental NGO, founded in 2010 and registered in 2016, with registration number CG020262016/C0006359213. The Centre is working for the promotion of environmental citizenship values, advocacy, rights, responsibilities, actions and initiatives in the country. Currently the organization’s operational office is based in Achimota-Accra.

Vision

The Centre’s vision is to be a leading West African civil society organization that, in partnership with other stakeholders, play significant citizenship role in local, national and global effort towards sustainable development through environmental education, communication, activism, advocacy, research and policy.

The Centre seeks to be a thriving, well-supported, and collaborative environmental non-governmental organization whose environmental education, communication as well as initiatives help in achieving sustainable development through environmental rights and responsibilities.

Mission

To achieve the vision, the Centre’s mission is to enhance citizens’ understanding of sustainable environmental development through formal, non-formal and informal education activities of individuals, schools, institutions, local communities, corporate entities, government agencies, etc.

The mission is also to integrate education as a key driver to positive change in demonstrating and advancing sustainable practices in local communities, businesses, public sector institutions, and in meeting challenges of global environmental issues and concerns as captured by the Sustainable Development Goals.

Goal

The primary goal is to promote the protection and improvement of the environment and natural resources of Ghana.

Ways to reach our Goal The Centre aims to reach this goal in the following ways:

1. Environmental information, education, communication and other activities

The Centre will gather, produce and distribute information about environmental problems in Ghana and propose constructive, realistic measures to address them. The Centre will promote projects for environmental education and activities to raise public awareness at local or national levels both about environmental protection and the sustainable use of our natural resources.

2. Cooperation projects in the focused SDGs

The Centre will undertake programmes and field projects that will cover a wide range of issues relevant to environmental protection, nature conservation and sustainable development in Ghana. These projects will serve the purpose of being:

  • pilot projects to demonstrate new or alternative approaches, ecologically sustainable technologies and solutions to various environmental problems
  • concrete educational projects and projects to raise public awareness at the local level.

General Objective

The Centre intends to support its vision and mission through activities and initiatives that promote domestic, regional and international collaboration with other interested parties and affiliates in ways that are consistent with goals of environmental sustainability in diverse contexts.

The Centre will serve Ghanaians as an effective advocate on virtually every important national, regional and local level environmental issues and actions by individuals, communities. Through advocacy, coalition building, citizen education and actions development, the Centre will work to safeguard environmental health and preserve our unique natural heritage

Purpose

  • 1. To educate the general public on behaviour change communication, prevention and management campaigns in matters of sustainable environmental resources management, protection and development.
  • 2. To empower Ghanaians on matters related to pro-environment values and actions.
  • 3. To safeguard environmental protection rights, responsibilities and justice.

Principal Activities

  1. Education and training for children, youth and higher education towards pro-environmental behaviours (training, networking and capacity building)
  2. Environmental communication for awareness through the media
  3. Environmental advocacy, facilitating NGO and community initiatives
  4. Environmental policy research and analysis
  5. Portal for sharing environmental knowledge and discussions including knowledge management for sustainable development
  6. Monitoring, evaluating and reporting on environmental pollution, practices, initiatives and activities
  7. Promoting environmental rights and responsibilities/actions of private, legal, environmental, economic (corporate) organizations, traditional authorities, governmental institutions etc in reducing environmental footprints
  8. Environmental education through interpretation and experiencing nature
  9. Promoting sustainable rural and urban development
  10. Environmental education for fragile areas and waste management
  11. Monitoring and evaluating environmental citizenship initiatives across the country and organize annual recognition events

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