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The Environmental Information Network
Institution: The Ghanaian Environmental Protection Agency
The Forestry Research Institute of Ghana
Implementation Date: Jul 01, 1999
Summary: The Environmental Information Network (EIN) has electronically linked the databases of two key environmental agencies in Ghana: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which deals extensively with deforestation issues but has also been mandated by the Ghanaian Government to do research into forest products. Important documents and records related to environmental management were scanned into an electronic database that can be accessed via local computer networks that connect the agencies' offices. Researchers from the two agencies are also linked by telephone and e-mail, and connected to the World Wide Web to give them access to international research.
The EIN database is accessible through ten regional EPA offices, which enables widespread access to the information. This gives local people and community leaders the opportunity to input their knowledge about the environmental situation in their area into the system by sending up-to-date information to the network via telephones, fax or e-mail from the regional offices.
Impact: The EIN has gone a long way to boost environmental management in Ghana. Previously the information was held within each agency and was not easily shared. Today, researchers from the two agencies access each other's databases at the click of a button. Because they can communicate with each other via e-mail, they are in more regular contact. Taken together, these factors have not only improved the quality of environmental research in Ghana, but have also helped the environmental agencies to work together on a more unified strategy to save the environment.
Source: The bridges.org
Project Home URL: http://www.epa.gov.gh
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