Founder Dr. Dadebo

Dr. Dadebo is the Founder and President of the Centre for Environment Citizenship Initiatives, Ghana. A leading environmentalist that devotes every effort and resources for informal, non-formal and formal environmental education in Ghana. Mark Dadebo has spent his lifetime educating, communicating and advocating policies that involve active participation of Ghanaians in the management of our environment and natural resource.

Education

Dr. Dadebo graduated in 2000 with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Integrated Resource Planning and Management with emphasis on environmental renewable natural resource from one of Japan’s leading Agricultural Universities.

He had a Bachelor degree in Renewable Natural Resources Management from the University of the Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana (1985-1988).

After an 8-month (1991) Certificate course in Effective Utilization Course in Tropical Resources Management in Japan, he had a scholarship opportunity to undertake a Master of Science education in Natural Resources Policy and Economics at the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan (1994-1997).

After successfully completing his PhD degree, Dr. Dadebo continued to pursue a Masters in Forest Conservation degree at the University of Toronto with a focus on Planning, Policy and Sustainability (2001-2003).

Employment

He joined the then Forestry Department in 1989 after his first degree from the KNUST and was posted to the Northern Region where he worked at the Regional and Yendi District Offices. Dr. Dadebo was instrumental in environmental protection and education and practices in community forestry programme in northern Ghana.

Dr. Dadebo was later transferred to the Eastern Regional Office of the Forestry Department where he is assisted the Districts in the Regional in their community forestry activities through education and communication. In 1992, he was asked with his team of foresters to go an open a new District Office at Ada for the Dangme East District of the Greater Accra Region.

Dr. Dadebo has worked in Japan and Canada in the areas of planning, monitoring and evaluation. He has held positions that required intensive education on social justice, planning, monitoring and evaluation.

Conception and Founding of CECI, Ghana

In 2002, Dr. Dadebo founded the Centre for Environmental Citizenship Initiatives, Ghana, one of Ghana’s environmental NGOs to analyse and study the relationship between environment and development and create public consciousness about the need for sustainable development initiatives.

The Founder of the Centre has since 2002 focused on environmental education, communication, research, policy, awareness, campaigns, advocacy and other sustainable environmental initiatives. He took positions on a number of environment development practices and issues, more often than not engaging stakeholders through education, communication, advocacy and citizen’s actions. Many of his volunteering activities and services have been through diverse learning processes that have enhanced local level initiatives.

Dr. Dadebo believes that a country can develop meaningfully only when ecological sustainability, social equity and environmental justice are guaranteed and a sense of respect for, and oneness with nature and fellow humans are achieved.