Flemish Inter-university Council (VLIR) of Belgium
Environmental degradation in developing countries has reached alarming proportions. The towns and cities are experiencing severe air pollution due to rapid urbanisation. The fringes of cities are experiencing unplanned development; the lack of proper sewerage systems is resulting in water pollution; and the over-exploitation of national resources is causing soil erosion, deforestation and desertification, and biodiversity loss. This therefore provides the impetus for examining the importance of environmental communication and leadership in leveraging environmental performance and standards in Ghana. This paper reviews the current environmental situation in Ghana, the various environmental policies, programmes and projects embarked upon to leverage the problem, the institutional framework in Ghana and explore the potential for the use of effective communication by the environmental leadership to improve the environmental performance and standards of this developing country, Ghana. The results and discussions are synthesized, key challenges to environmental leadership and communication identified and recommendations suggested.