The finalists were working on various subject areas. Masen Koranteng is handling (Geospatial Analysis of biodiversity changes in and around the Yonqwa Quarry site) Daniel Cudjoe (Restoration of Biodiversity using Voandzeia sub-terranean (Bambara beans); Michael Owusu-Tweneboah (Determination of the Best Soil Enrichment Method using ANOVA Technique); Jonas Dwomoh (Slope Wall Stability and Biodiversity Promotion: The Use of Gramineae-Bambusoideae (bamboo)– A Case Study at Yongwa Quarry), and Emmanuel Taye (Impacts of Quarry Dust on Water Resource and its Effect on Biodiversity: The Odonata Assessment.
In a joint interview with the media after the ceremony most of the participants were upbeat about making a strong case at both the National and International stage, expressing optimism that the various research objectives had been achieved.
“The project has been remarkable. As young professionals, we have learnt a lot in terms of how quarries operate and engage its surrounding communities to promote biodiversity. This is something we will carry on in our spheres of study for nature to be the ultimate winner” they said.
In a welcome remark, The QLA National Coordinator, Kwabena Labi Addo, emphasized the importance of the final presentation being witnessed, stressing that the competiveness of the 3rd edition of the QLA meant that the National Coordinators and Jury spent time cross-checking each of the five projects to assemble good reports to compete well both nationally and internationally
He paid tribute to colleague National Coordinators and the National Jury members for teaming up to provide good coaching in ensuring Ghana makes yet another strong case in the 3rd edition of the competition.
On his part, the QLA Communications Coordinator, Solomon Ayiah, applauded them for the impressive work, and urged them to put in maximum efforts and submit a good work.
Dr. Erasmus Owusu, who is a Conservation Biologist and Head of Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science, University of Ghana-Legon who also doubles as an International Jury member, spoke about the strong-willed nature of other participants in other countries, and stressed the need for Ghana’s representatives to make a good report with adequate information
“As a reminder, your research should be very scientific, it can be replicated, It should be feasible and sustainable as well. Make your stories unique, be careful with the use of some terminologies, make your problem statements very clear, be factual and give detailed work” were some of the observations and inputs he made in fine-tuning the various reports