The Environment and Natural Resource Research Initiative (ENRRI – EfD Ghana) is one of the 15 centers under the Environment for Development (EfD) Initiative. ENRRI is hosted by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana (UG), and the School of Research and Graduate Studies (SRGS) at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), two of Ghana’s most respected institutes of research and training.
ENRRI brings together accomplished researchers with varied expertise in environmental economics from Ghana and elsewhere to conduct evidence-based research, and advise government and development partners on policy options for managing the environment and scarce natural resources.
Central to our work at ENRRI is a deep understanding of the critical role of natural resources in sustaining the lives and livelihoods of Ghana’s people, especially in rural Ghana, and in meeting national poverty reduction and development goals. This both motivates and fills us with a sense of duty as we strive to achieve our objectives.
Recognizing the importance of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in aligning global development efforts, we strive to align our work with these goals. We hope to demonstrate a strong commitment to support the achievement of SDGs that address the environmental dimensions of development, notably SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), SDG 13 (climate change), SDG 14 (life underwater), and SDG 15 (life on land). Our work will also address cross-cutting SDGs, including SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 2 (zero hunger), and SDG 5 (gender equality).
ENRRI aspires to become a leading research initiative in Ghana, recognized for conducting world-class research on environment and natural resource management issues, building research capacity at the graduate level (Masters and PhD), and serving as the go-to think-tank for policy makers. The Initiative has 19 researchers from selected universities and academic institutions in Ghana, and three international research associates. It operates with funding support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).