Ghanaian Agroforestry, Water, Sanitation and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Management Goals for Unique Partnership

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Planetary Emissions Management Inc., Cambridge, MA, and Pure Home Water, Tamale, Ghana, have created a partnership to address climate change and improvement of the human condition integrating agroforestry, community water and sanitation and GHG management.

Two unlikely partners are challenging the uncertainty of what life will be like in 50 years for the expanding population of sub Saharan Africa. Planetary Emissions Management, Inc.(PEM) and Pure Home Water (PHW) will operate a project with a long term commitment, as funding permits, to track climatic, agricultural and social changes brought about by climate change.

The uncertainties of climate model predictions and consequences will be tested on the ground in this arid area of expanding population with water and food production challenges. "Our partnership explores the human condition in the region balancing climate and social change with improvements in drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) which Pure Home Water has a long history of bringing to the region" remarked Susan Murcott, Founder of Pure Home Water.

Pure Home Water is based in Tamale, the fast-growing peri-urban capital of the Northern Region of Ghana. Tamale is feeling the impact of climate change especially as it relates to food security and the expansion of the Sahel. As such, it is a perfect place to measure the impact of climate change. PHW was established in Ghana in 2006 and has a factory there which produces ceramic water filters, and as such has watched the impact of climate change on water and sanitation for over a decade. "We want to work with local communities so that rather than being passive by standers to climate change, we can work together to realize the human right to water, sanitation and well being,” said Murcott.

"Monitoring verification and accounting (MVA) of greenhouse gases over an expanse of ~132,000 sq km opens a window to the future biological and societal pulse of the area," remarked Bruno D.V. Marino, CEO and Founder, of PEM Inc. GHG data for Northern Ghana, situated in the sub Saharan savanna belt, may be relevant to other countries as the savanna extends across Africa.

Marino went on to say, "The partnership with Pure Home Water provides a link between local cultures, their well-being and expanding agro-forestry needed to support the expected increase in population." PEM will initiate its first GHG "monitoring-to-monetization" project in Africa with PHW, expanding across the savanna as opportunities permit.

The partnership is looking for large land-holders in hopes of finding ways to encourage them to retain their forestry holding and reward them appropriately for doing so. The Northern Region is also the focus of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (sadagh.org) established by the Government of Ghana to provide a framework for the comprehensive and long-term development of the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone. The PEM/PHW project is also seeking large land holders in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions of Ghana where other large holdings of forested land currently exist.

About PEM Inc. Planetary Emissions Management Inc. (http://www.pem-carbon.com) (http://www.pemforest.com) is an early stage greenhouse gas services and technology company addressing management of atmospheric composition and greenhouse gas markets worldwide.

About PHW. Pure Home Water (http://www.purehomewater.org) is a provider of water, sanitation and hygiene solutions, including also education, training and jobs. Their ceramic filters are made in Ghana with materials found locally. In addition to founding PHW, Susan Murcott has been teaching engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for 20 years as well as bringing students to Ghana for over a decade.

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