Oilwatch Ghana, an environmental non-governmental organisation (NGO) on Tuesday, in Accra, opened a three-day conference to discuss how natural renewable resources can be harnessed and exploited sustainably to the benefit of mankind.

The meeting, which is on the theme: “Fossil Fuels Over Africa and Alternative Energy,” has representatives from the Academia and Civil Society Organizations from Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, Mozambique, Togo and Swaziland attending.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Madam Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, said knowledge of these natural resources and strategies to find alternative means of energy through fossil fuels was a herculean task in relation to exploiting living aquatic resources within the same maritime domain.

She said with the right expertise, funding and logistics on a science-based approach, one can learn from other developing and developed countries to tap and mitigate any tendencies that may result in the development and utilization of oil fields for energy and the marine aquatic ecosystem for food with specific relation to fisheries.

She said within the Oil and Gas industry in Ghana and since the major oil finds in 2007, oil spill contingency plans have been of utmost importance.

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