Background of HOTSPOT

Why a HOTSPOT project?

Gulf of Guinea is a hotspot of multiple stressors such as marine and maritime pollution, climate change and overexploitation of aquatic resources. Nevertheless, we know very little of the effects of these stressors on tropical marine environment. This lack of knowledge hampers the efforts for sustainable management. HOTSPOT targets the degradation of the coastal environment in Ghana, its causes and its socio-economic consequences.
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Objectives of the HOTSPOT project

The overall objective of HOTSPOT is to generate the environmental and socio-economic knowledge and expertise that can form the basis for the sustainable development of coastal communities, and to use this knowledge to develop management, mitigation and adaptation strategies at the different levels of the society.
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Methodology of the HOTSPOT project

The methodology of HOTSPOT includes the use of existing data, sampling of new data, laboratory experiments, modelling and interviews and focus group discussions.
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The HOTSPOT project is led by Technical University of Denmark and co-lead by the University of Cape Coast in Ghana.
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The HOTSPOT project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and administered by Danida Fellowship Centre.

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The HOTSPOT project runs from 2018-2024.
20 MAY 2024