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Resolving Water Conflicts in Mining Areas of Ghana Through Public Participation: A Communication Perspective
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630), Water Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6166-4992
Department of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana, Legon-Accra.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630), Environmental Management and Assessment.
2007 (English)In: Journal of Creative Communications, ISSN 0973-2586, Vol. 2, no 3, 361-382 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mining as a sector is vital to a country's economic growth but the impact of the activities on environment can be an important cause of concern. In Wassa West district of Ghana, mining as an industry has been promoted in the recent past, but with significant impact on environmental aspects, especially water, leading to conflicts between the local communities and the mining companies. The practical theory of ‘Trinity of Voice’ (TOV) has been proposed for understanding the community-related intricacies underlying multi-stakeholder decision-making processes and proposing a futuristic course of action for effective public participation in the same. This article attempts to understand the causes underlying the mining-related water conflicts in Ghana using the TOV theory. Using this theory, the article proposes a practical framework for enhanced effective participation of members from local host communities that in turn can enable resolving the existing conflicts and preventing the same in future. 

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2007. Vol. 2, no 3, 361-382 p.
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-60670DOI: 10.1177/097325860700200306OAI: diva2:477688

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Available from: 2012-01-13 Created: 2012-01-13 Last updated: 2016-05-23Bibliographically approved

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