EU gives €48,000 worth of drones and digital equipment to EPA

Ambassador Acconcia handing over the items to Prof Frimpong Boateng

The European Union has donated €48, 000 worth of drones and equipment to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The drones and tablets were delivered to the EPA through the EU funded Accountability, Rule of law and Anti-corruption Programme (ARAP), implemented by the Spanish public foundation FIIAPP.

The Minister of Environment, Science Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng and Ms.Diana Acconcia, Ambassador of the European Union to Ghana signed the handover and acceptance certificate on behalf of all the institutions and delivered speeches in the ceremony.

The items include, 11 drones, 22 extra batteries, 11 charging hubs, 11 landing pads, 11 wrap packs, 11 remote straps, 11 battery ssafe bags, and 11 Huawei media pads.

In her speech, Ambassador Acconcia highlighted the fruitful collaboration between the European Union and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The excellent results achieved so far in the use of digital tools to monitor compliance, have prompted the EPA to explore the extension to also other sectors beyond small scale mining.

The Ambassador remarked that the preservation of Ghana’s natural resources and environment are critical pillars within this endeavour.

Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, expressed gratitude for the generous gesture of the European Union Delegation and to its Programme ARAP. He said “the drones and accessories the EPA is receiving today, will go a long way to enhace the monitoring of mining activities and other projects across the country and promised to make good use of the materials donated”.

He applauded the great contributions made by the ARAP Programme, particularly in the area of environmental crimes.

The donated drones equipment will alleviate the equipment shortage and help improve EPA’s work in Ghana.

After the Handover Ceremony, ARAP’s Team Leader, Ms. Ana Sánchez together with the Minister of Environment, the Ambassador of the European Union to Ghana and other guests, inspected and tested the donated equipment.