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Title: Local knowledge and response to the risks of heavy metal and xenobiotic pollution at informal e-waste sites in Ghana – A theoretical evaluation.
Authors: Ahadzie, D. K.
King, R. S.
Asibey, M. O.
Keywords: xenobiotic
local knowledge
heavy metals
green economy
Electronic waste (e-waste)
Issue Date: 12-Apr-2017
Publisher: ICIDA
Citation: ICIDA, 6th International Conference on infrastructure development in Africa
Abstract: In many cities of the developing world, informal activities such as electronic waste (e-waste) recycling have been dramatically increasing in intensity. The enterprise is a major livelihood support for the urban poor but a major source of toxic pollutants. Heavy metal and xenobiotic pollution are major issues of concern of the sector due to the health and environmental risks they pose; cancer, kidney problems and fatality. However, the sector is largely informal and make use of rudimentary methods and practice open burning of e-waste. Attempts to address the challenges have however been ineffective because of infrastructural deficits, which invariably hamper both business and quality of life. These include poor and inadequate housing, unreliable supply of water and electricity, poor sanitation and inadequate health infrastructure. There is also limited contact with local reality and knowledge and failure to incorporate the interests of primary stakeholders in the design and implementation of interventions. Risk communication about adverse outcome of practices is also very relevant to influencing the development of effective risk handling strategies at the individual and community levels. This paper provides a theoretical evaluation of the significance of local knowledge to addressing risks at the sector proposes a novel approach for engendering green and resilient economy. The paper concludes that effective interventions aimed at addressing risks require better and effective access to risk information and knowledge so as to raise awareness and remove barriers for adopting eco-friendly practices.
Description: In the proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, 12th April, 2017, KNUST, Ghana.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10872
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