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The Centre for Climate Change & Food Security (CCCFS), is advocating a sustainable housing plan to counteract potential temperature increases in the future.

According to a policy brief shared with JoyNews, the document highlights sustainable housing practices as a crucial strategy for both adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate change.

Over the recent weeks, Ghanaians have been experiencing the palpable consequences of warming conditions, particularly the discomfort arising from rising nighttime temperatures.

Acknowledging the pressing need for action, the CCCFS policy brief emphasises the need to adopt sustainable solutions to tackle these challenges.

Blueprint for Change: CCCFS Recommendations.

The policy brief urges the adoption of sustainable housing systems integrating climate-responsive designs. This includes enhancements in insulation, natural ventilation, and the use of materials regulating indoor temperatures and mandating the planting of shade trees for every new house construction is proposed.

This, not only aids in carbon sequestration but also offers natural shading, reducing both indoor and outdoor temperatures.

The CCCFS emphasises the critical need for stringent measures against illegal gold mining, which poses a significant threat to existing forests.

Architects and builders are encouraged to curtail excessive glazing in building structures. While natural light is crucial, excessive glazing contributes to heat gain. The policy brief advocates exploring alternative design strategies to strike a balance.

Research Findings: A Glimpse into CCCFS Discoveries

CCCFS has conducted groundbreaking research spotlighting the indiscriminate felling of remaining trees in urban areas, notably in Greater Kumasi.

This research, set to be published later this year, underscores the paramount importance of preserving existing green spaces for their cooling effects and overall environmental benefits.

Director of Research, Sulemana Issifu, said the removal of trees exacerbates the urban heat island effect, contributing to rising temperatures in affected areas which poses a direct threat to the well-being of residents.

He said the centre is advocating for the robust enforcement of legislation protecting urban trees and proposing strict penalties for unauthorized tree felling.

“Encouraging the creation and maintenance of green spaces within urban planning is crucial to counteract the heat island effect,” he said.

The CCCFS is calling for community awareness programmes to educate citizens on the importance of tree preservation and sustainable practices.

Mr. Issifu stated that, embracing sustainable housing practices and preserving urban green spaces emerge as critical steps to combat Ghana's current warming trend.

He stated that the centre will continue to actively engage with policymakers, communities, and the construction industry to bring these recommendations to life, paving the way for a climate-resilient future.

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