A research conducted by Daniel Adusu a graduate student at the Department of Environmental Management of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) has been adjudged the overall best project in the research stream for an international scientific and educational contest organized by Ghacem Ltd and West Africa Quarries Ltd (WAQL).

The competition which was the 4th edition aimed at boosting biodiversity of quarry sites and raise awareness about mining ecology. Students and researchers across Ghana participated in the competition which included report writing and presentation, engagement with key stakeholders such as communities around quarry sites where West Africa Quarries Ltd operates.

Over 110 projects worldwide were selected to compete and win up to 30.000 Euro, of which Mr. Adusu’s project titled: “Promoting the use of Bio char for mine soil amendment and biodiversity enhancement” was part. For his prize, Adusu took home an amount of 5000 euros and a trophy. Other winners were Mr. Kwame Konadu Yeboah a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, his project on Socio-economic impact assessment of Talbotiel in the research and community streams won a cash prize of GHc 27,525.00 with a trophy. Their closest competitors Miss Emily Esenam Bansah and Mr. Abraham Addo-Ansah Allotey won the second position prizes of trophies and cash prizes of Ghc 13,752.50 each.

The National Jury led by Prof. Erasmus Owusu gave an overview of the 4th edition and noted that it was challenging selecting 6 project finalists out of 43 proposals received. QLA National award ceremony was on theme: Promoting Biodiversity through Scientific Research and Community Engagement was attended by scientists, researchers and industry players for Science and Technology.

The Managing Director of Ghacem, Mr. Morten Gade, recalled that the QLA was launched by Heidelberg Cement to raise the knowledge of biological value of mining sites and contribute to further enhancing it as a commitment to managing biodiversity during and after extraction. Mr. Gade reaffirmed Ghacem’s subsidiary (West African Quarry Ltd commitment to give true meaning to Government local content policy, and will continue to undertake its operations responsibly as the company looks for innovative ways to restore biodiversity at quarries. He commended the researchers for show of professionalism and enthusiasm in their chosen projects and wished them well in the global competition.