On Wednesday 25th November 2015, the Durban Adaptation Charter Hub and Compact model was presented to a delegation of nine officials from Ghana led by the Honourable Emmanuel K. Agyekum, Deputy Minister for Local Governance and Rural Development and including Honorable Isaac Odamtten, Mayor of Tema Municipal Assembly. The aim of the delegation was to exchange ideas and best practice on a number of issues of mutual interest, including port operations, economic development, informal trading and climate change.
Dr Sean O’Donoghue from the DAC Secretariat provided an account of Durban’s climate change work and community- and ecosystems-based adaptation (CEBA) approach, and an outline of the DAC Hub and Compact approach for implementation. The Deputy Minister indicated that he would instruct the local governments of Ghana to provide a report back on their efforts, thus far, at tackling climate change. Tema Metropolitan Municipality’s Mayor Odamtten proposed that Tema be developed as the West African DAC Regional Hub, and discussions will be instigated about the potential to host the first DAC West African Workshop in this coastal city.