Michael Onwona-Kwakye

I work with the Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana-West Africa (www.epaghana.org) since July 2002 and attached to the Chemicals Control and Management Centre (CCMC) of the Agency. I hold a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Agriculture with crop science major (1998) and Master of Philosophy in Environmental Science (2002) all from the University of Ghana, Legon (www.ug.edu.gh).

The primary objective of the CCMC is to protect human health and the environment from the potential harmful effects of chemicals.  This is to ensure the co-existence of the general population with chemical substances through the maximization of their benefits whilst minimizing adverse health and environmental impacts. To this end, the Centre is mandated by both Part I & II of the Environmental Protection Agency Act, Act 490 and to monitor the use of pesticides and other chemicals by collecting information on the importation, exportation, manufacture, distribution, sale, use and disposal of such chemicals thereby managing the life-cycle of chemicals and also regulate pesticides by licensing dealers and registering pesticides before they are used in the country. Further, to manage pesticides/chemicals in a way that protects human health and the environment, while meeting changing societal needs. 

The center also implements the Chemical Conventions that Ghana has ratified including Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic pollutants, Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Chemicals, Montreal Protocol on Ozone depleting Substances and the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade.

My current research interests are looking at Pesticide-Induced Environmental and Human Health Risks in Ghana.

Associate member
Wageningen University and Research Center/Alterra
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