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Commercialization Division

The Commercialization Division promotes commercialisation of research and development activities of the Institute. The specific objectives that guide the Division’s activities are to:

  • develop programmes and strategies for commercialization;
  • provide requisite information and documentation on the Institute;
  • provide specialized services in support of research and development;
  • perform public relations functions; and
  • organize open days and internal seminars on research and development activities of the Institute.


3.6.1 Cartography Section
During the reporting year, the Cartographic Section supported Research and Consultancy Services through the provision of elaborate drawings in the form of maps and borehole profiles. Some old maps and graphs were updated in addition to printing services. A total of eighteen (18) drawings were prepared and the details are shown in Figure 58.


Figure 58: Percentage composition of cartographic drawings prepared during the year 2014

Hydrogeological maps of Greater Accra, Volta, Eastern, Ashanti, Western and Central regions of Ghana are available for sale to groundwater consultants, institutions and individuals.

3.6.2 Development of Research Library and Water Resources Documentation System

In the year under review, 410 books were acquired, processed and added to stock. Forty (40) technical and consultancy reports were deposited by research scientists. A total number of 1,983 visits consisting of 501 external users and 1,482 internal user visits were recorded. Computerization of the library’s records continued. Books, technical and consultancy reports were keyed into the computerized database. The Daily Graphic and the Ghanaian Times publications for 2014 were bonded.

3.6.3 Internal Seminars 2014

Internal seminars were organized during the reporting year to provide fora for participants to discuss and also bring into the public domain current research activities of the Institute. A total of 14 presentations on various research topics being addressed by the Institute were made (Table 20). Scientists from allied institutions and the mass media attended.

Table 20: Internal seminar presentations during 2014




27th February, 2014

Dr. Barnabas Amisigo

Sigrid Damman

Herman Helness

Rain water harvesting (RWH) for resilience to climate change impact on water availability in Ghana (water within your reach!!)










24th June, 2014

Dr. Osmund D. Ansa-Asare

(Overview) Projects and roles played by CSIR-Water Research Institute: Environmental Chemistry Division

Mr. Collins Tay

Hydrogeochemical processes influencing groundwater quality in the Lower Pra Basin, Ghana

Dr. Kwadwo Ansong Asante and Mr. A. Y. Karikari

Environmental quality monitoring- assessment of surface, ground, sediment and pond water quality at AngloGold Ashanti Ghana Ltd., Obuasi mine

Mr. Humphrey Darko

Dr. Osmund Ansa-Asare

Mr. Mark Akrong

Assessment of the quality of tap water in the Eastern Region

Mr. A. Y. Karikari and Dr. Ruby Asmah

A plan for improved and sustainable cage aquaculture in Lake Volta

Mr. Samuel Obiri, Ms. Saada Mohammed and Dr Osmund Ansa-Asare

Assessment of socio-economic, environmental and human health impacts of informal recycling  of e-waste

Dr. Ruby Asmah

Effects of climate change on Volta Lake resources (VOLTRES)

Ms. Saada Mohammed

Pesticide residue analysis of vegetables from some selected markets in Accra

Mr. William Ekow Arko

Assessment of water quality at Dodowa in the Dangbe West District of the Greater-Accra Region









26th June, 2014

Dr. K. Kankam-Yeboah

(Overview) Projects and roles played by CSIR-Water Research Institute: Surface Water Division

Dr. Emmanuel Obuobie

WISE-UP to climate - Water infrastructure solutions from ecosystem services underpinning climate resilient policies and programmes

Dr. Emmanuel Obuobie

Groundwater futures in sub-saharan Africa (Grofutures)

Ms. Deborah Ofori

Adaptive management of groundwater resources for small scale irrigation in sub-saharan Africa (AMGRAF)

Dr. B. A. Amisigo

Rain water harvesting (RWH) for resilience to climate change impact on water availability in GHANA (water within your reach!!)

Ing Dr Frederick Amu-Mensah

Sustainable management of Lake Bosomtwe in the Ashanti Region of Ghana

Mr. Frederick Yaw Logah

Weija reservoir sediment studies

Dr. Emmanuel Obeng Bekoe

ICT tools for the enhancement of irrigation efficiency in West Africa (IRRIWEST)








3rd July, 2014

Dr. William A. Agyekum

(Overview) Projects and roles played by CSIR-Water Research Institute: Groundwater Division

Dr. Anthony A. Duah

Vital Signs Ghana - Global monitoring system for agriculture, ecosystem services and human well-being

Mr. Evans Manu

 Groundwater exploration to select borehole drilling points using integrated resistivity geophysical technique (KOANS and AFD PROJECTS)

Dr. William A. Agyekum

Building understanding of climate variability into the planning of groundwater supplies from low storage aquifers in Africa (BRAVE)

Dr. Anthony A. Duah and Dr. William A. Agyekum

Reoptismisation and reoperation study of the Akosombo and Kpong dams project - Groundwater recharge and trends in use

Mr. Patrick Amankwah Mainoo

Sustainable water supply in some communities and towns along Fufulso-Sawla road in Northern Region of Ghana


Table 20: Internal seminar presentations during 2014 (cont.)











8th July, 2014

Dr. H. R. Dankwa

Overview of research activities: Fishery Division

Dr Felix Y. K. Attipoe

Breeding and selection of tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) for better culture performance

Mr. Emmanuel T.D. Mensah

Effect of climate change on fish production in the Volta Lake

Mr. Francis A. Anani

Comparative performance of commercial and on-farm fish diets fed to Nile Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus in net hapas

Dr. Joseph N. Padi

Diversification of fish species for risk minimization and economic sustainability of aquaculture in Ghana

Ms. Rhoda Lims Sakyi

molecular characterization of wild and farmed populations of Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in Ghana

Dr. Seth K. Agyakwah

Performance comparison between improved local (Akosombo) and imported (GIFT) strains of O. niloticus

Mr. Solomon Amoah Owiredu

Effects of upwelling on biological production in the Gulf of Guinea - Applications in fisheries management

Mr. Theodore Quarcoopome

preliminary observations on the fecundity of S. melanotheron (Pisces: Cichlidae) from Fosu Lagoon

Mr. Theodore Quarcoopome

fish fauna assessment of the water storage facility at Newmont Golden Ridge Limited Akyem Mine (part of an ecological study)









10th July, 2014

Dr. E. D. O. Ansa

Macro-invertebrate baseline studies as part of the sustainable land and water management project (SLWMP)

Dr. Gloria Addico

Reoptimization of the Volta Lake: The role of the phytoplankton dynamics

Dr. Mike Yaw Osei-Atweneboana

Overview of research activities: Enviromental Biology And Health Division

Mr. Mark O. Akrong

Sustainable management of Lake Bosomtwe in the Ashanti Region of Ghana: Hydrology, water quality and anthropological factors

Dr. Mike Yaw Osei-Atweneboana

Feasibility of onchocerciasis elimination in Ghana

Mrs. Marian Amu-Mensah

Sustainable management of Lake Bosomtwe in the Ashanti Region of Ghana - Sociology/anthropological aspect: Human activities and effect on Lake’s water quantity and quality

Ms. Victoria Afutu-Vanderpuye

Mosquito control in Accra in relation to disease control

Mrs. Regina Ama Banu

Community management of technical infrastructure: A case study of Anfoeta Tsebi and Akome Gborta slow sand filtration in the Volta Region, Ghana


3.6.4 Industrial Visits
Students from various institutions visited the Institute to have practical demonstrations on topics read at their various institutions. Among them were:

  • East Airport International School – 31st January, 2014
  • Golden Sunbean College of Science and Technology – 28th February, 2014
  • Department of Marine Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Lagos, Nigeria – 10th April, 2014
  • Students of BSc Environmental Science and Management at the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies – 28th April, 2014
  • Fisheries Scientific Survey Division, Fisheries Commission (students on attachment) – 27th June, 2014

3.6.5 Exhibitions

Current research activities and findings of the Institute were showcased during the ‘Meet the Press’ exhibition organized on 13th May, 2014 to bring to the public domain how these technologies could be accessed. Some who patronized the Institute’s stand during such exhibitions came for consultation and collaborative research work after the exhibition.


3.7.1 Consultancy and Advisory Services
Consultancy and advisory services were carried out by the Institute for various donor agencies, corporate bodies, governmental and non-governmental organizations, universities and polytechnics, public and private sector institutions as well as individuals. The significant ones included:

  • Advisory services on hydrology - DECCMA project (Client: RIPS, University of Ghana)
  • Advisory services on how to avoid microbial contamination of water sources (Client: Sachet water producers)
  • Water quality analysis (Client: Sachet water producers and students)
  • Borehole water quality analysis (Client: Heisa Eng. New Energy)
  • Advisory services on pond and cage culture of Nile Tilapia (Clients: Smallholder fish farmers in Northern Ghana)
  • Advisory and Technical support on pond culture of Nile Tilapia (Client: White Horse Kilimo Manjaro Company, Tamale)
  • Formulation and preparation of farm-made tilapia diets (Clients: Fish farmers)
  • Baseline study of biodiversity of fish of the rivers in Northern Ghana (Client: Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Assessment for irrigation project with respect to depth to water table at Janga and Nasia (West Mamprusi District), Dipale (Savelugu District) and Lingbunga (Tolon District) for Sugar Cane Plantation (Client: Hippo Limited)
  • Provision of Consultancy Services to carry out wet and dry season groundwater monitoring services (Client: Newmont Gold Ghana Limited)
  • Ecological study of the water storage facility at the Akyem Mine (Client: Newmont Golden Ridge Ltd.)

3.7.2 Training Services

Through the Technical Divisions of the Institute, individual research and technical staff offered training in various forms to individuals, groups, non-governmental organizations and students of the Universities and Polytechnics. Among them were:

  • Part-time lectureship at the Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS), University of Ghana
  • Supervision of M. Phil. students of the SNAS, University of Ghana
  • Part-time lecturing of PhD students on modelling tools under the WASCAL program at KNUST, Kumasi
  • Supervision of three (3) WASCAL PhD students thesis on hydrologic and climate change modelling in the Volta Basin in Ghana
  • Supervision of an undergraduate student from Department of Aquatic Resources and Fisheries Management of the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, University of Development Studies, Nyankpala
  • In- service training for service personnel and students on industrial attachment