A member of the international jury of the ongoing Quarry Life Award (QLA) competition, by Heidelbergcement, parent company of GHACEM Limited, Dr. Erasmus Owusu, has urged participants in the 3rd edition of the competition to be very innovative to place at the International level
“As jury members we are interested in scientific rigour, practicality, transferability and feasibility of a research as key highlights”, he said
Dr. Erasmus Owusu, a Conservation Biologist and Head of Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science, University of Ghana-Legon who doubles as a member of the National Jury of the QLA, made the observation when he joined colleague Jury members and the National Coordinators of the competition on a two-day duty tour of the various project sites to access progress of work
The joint tour took the team to the Beposo and Yongwa quarry sites of the leading cement producer, GHACEM Ltd, where the finalists chose to conduct their research. Emmanuel Taye and Daniel Cudjoe undertook their projects at the Beposo quarry in the Western Region, while Messrs Jonas Dwomoh, Michael Owusu-Tweneboah and Masen Koranteng– chose the Yongwa quarry at the Eastern Region.
The QLA Campaign is a competition organised by the Heidelberg Cement (HC) Group and its subsidiaries across the globe, including GHACEM Limited of Ghana, to source ideas towards the effective regeneration and management of biodiversity in its mining sites across the world.
It seeks to reward the most effective ideas on possible ways to reclaim lands in areas where the HC Group operates globally.
Dr. Owusu stressed the need for contestants to properly document ‘on the ground demonstration’ to attract votes from people who could not get the opportunity of visiting the sites.
“Use good designs, download whatever you have on site and focus on your message adopting simple language for people to understand because communication is key”, he said
Briefing the press on the significance of the tour, Mr. Kwabena Larbi Addo, QLA National Coordinator said the visit was to give first hand appreciation of what the contestants are doing for the Jury members and National Coordinators to have practical insights of the various projects.
A national Jury member, Mr. Yaw Kwakye, Head of Climate Unit at the Forestry Commission described the projects in this year’s competition as having great potential and of significant relevance for environmental quality and restoration of degraded quarry sites.
“Whatever we have witnessed tells us the participants are not sleeping”, he said, and charged them not to spare their energy and efforts in the remaining months and give their best to ensure Ghana is in pole position to win an international award.
By Times Reporter