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About Us


The Water Research Institute (WRI) is one of the 13 research institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It is a public institution and was established in 1996 by the CSIR Act 521. It was created by the merger of the former Institute of Aquatic Biology (IAB) and the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) of the CSIR which were created in 1965 and 1982 respectively.


To become a centre of excellence in the provision of scientific research into water and related resources for sustainable socio-economic growth.


To conduct research into all aspects of water resources (both living and non-living) in order to provide scientific and technical information and services as well as strategies for the sustainable development, utilization and management of such resources for the socio-economic advancement of the country.


Our core values include dedication to duty, commitment, loyalty to quality assurance and customer satisfaction.


Key Objectives


  • To generate, develop and transfer appropriate technologies, information and services for sustainable development, utilization and management of surface water resources;
  • To generate, process and disseminate information on the availability of groundwater, rate and volumes to be abstracted for various uses as well as the reliability and sustainability of its recharge;
  • To generate, process and disseminate water and waste water quality information to end users;
  • To enhance public health status through sound environmental management and water pollution control strategies;
  • To increase local fish production through participatory research and technology transfer in aquaculture and sustainable management strategies in inland and coastal waters of Ghana; and
  • To undertake commercialisation of research and development activities through consultancy and advisory services and the provision of water resources information, documentation and technical support services.




The Institute is managed by a 8-member Management Board chaired by Prof. C. Dorm-Adzobu, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Central University College, and a 16-member Internal Management Committee (IMC) chaired by the Director. The current Director and Deputy Director of the Institute are Dr. Joseph A. Ampofo and Dr. Isaac O. A. Hodgson, respectively.



Human Resources Development (report)


Training of Staff

Short-term training programmes attended by some staff of the Institute were:


  • WEAP Training Workshop for Key Partners of Riparian States of Volta Basin Authority, Bamako, 28 February – 4 March 2010
  • Achieving Organisational Performance at the CSIR: Some Ideas, Accra, 10 March 2010
  • Pesticide Residues in Local and Imported Fruits and Vegetables in Ghana, Accra, 2 September 2010
  • Training Course on Marine Nutrient Chemistry and Monitoring, Tunis, September 2010
  • Training Course on Sanitation in Sub-Sahara African Countries: The fundamental role of education, Politechnico Di Torino, Italy, November 2010
  • Training Course on Water Management, Treatment and Salinity Control, Egypt, 5 – 25 December 2010
  • Hydroaid Distance Learning Programme on Sanitation - Urban Waste Recycling, Turin, 2010
  • GLOWA Volta Project MIKE BASIN Training Workshop, Cape Coast, 27 – 28 September 2010
  • Workshop on Water allocation optimization using GAMS and M3 Water, Accra, 6 – 8 July 2010
  • Workshop on Modeling of the onset of the rainy season in West Africa and potential implications for Agriculture, Cape Coast, 8 – 12 February 2010




Participation in Scientific Meetings

A number of research and technical staff participated in the following workshops, seminars and conferences held at the national, regional and international levels:


  • Removing Barriers to Invasive Plant Management in Africa, UNEP/GEF Project Termination Workshop, Addis Ababa, 27 – 30 September 2010
  • National Workshop for Interaction on the West Africa Water Resources Policy, Accra, 21 December 2010
  • Research Design Workshop for ESPA call for full proposal, Nairobi, 8 – 11 November 2010
  • 9th International workshop on Climate and Environmental Change: Challenges for Developing Countries, Beijing, 17 – 20 November 2010
  • 2nd GLOWA GeoPortal and Database Management Workshop, Cape Coast, 28 – 29 October 2010
  • 2nd Ghana Water Forum, Accra, 19 – 21 October 2010
  • Environmental Management Plan of the Volta Dam at Akosombo, Accra, 19 October 2010
  • Ghana-Iran Joint Commission for Co-operation and Development, Accra, 10 – 11 August 2010
  • Regional Stakeholders’ Meeting on Consortium Research Program 5, Ouagadougou, 3 August 2010
  • Evaluation Workshop - Activities of Global Water Partnership-Nigeria in Integrated Water Resources Management, GWP-WA, Abuja, 28 June – 2 July 2010
  • Regional Workshop on the Contribution of Big Water Infrastructures to the Sustainable Development of Countries for Journalists in West Africa, Global Water Partnership-West Africa/Country Water Partnership-Ghana, Accra, 17 – 21 May 2010
  • Rethinking Storage Project Partners Progress Meeting, Addis Ababa, April 2010
  • Toolkits for the Sustainable Management of Ghana’s Riverine Biodiversity, Accra, 11 January 2010
  • Review workshop on Draft Master’s Programme in Integrated Environmental, Economic and Social Development in Rural Africa (ProIRD). Under the UNU project – Education for Sustainable Development in Africa, Accra, 28 January 2010
  • Workshop on the Preparation of Environmental Management Plan for the Akosombo and Kpong Generation Stations, Accra, 10 February 2010
  • Consultative meeting on the Guidelines for Environmental Assessment and Management in the Offshore Oil and Gas Development, Accra, 5 August 2010
  • First ODINAFRICA National Co-ordination Meeting, Tema, 12 August 2010
  • Biodiversity 2010: A Renewing Commitment to the Biodiversity Convention – Stakeholders Consultation Workshop, Koforidua, 13 August 2010
  • Stakeholder Engagement Workshop on Implementation of the Rio Conventions, Akosombo, 10 May 2010
  • Workshop to Facilitate a Fair Trade Label for Aquaculture Fish Products and Exports in Africa, Nairobi, 22 – 23 November 2010
  • Training Workshop on Developing a Training Manual for the Certification and Exports of Fair Trade Fish Products, Nairobi, 24 – 25 November 2010
  • Workshop on Aquaculture Site Selection and Carrying Capacity Estimates for Inland and Coastal Water Bodies, Stirling, 6 – 8 December 2010
  • National Forum on Wetlands: Celebrating World Wetlands day, Accra, 2 February 2010
  • Workshop on Advanced Solutions for Wastewater Treatment and reuse in Africa, Accra, 9 – 10 February 2010
  • Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Sixth Session of the IOC Regional Committee for the Central Eastern Atlantic (IOCEA-VI), Accra, 28 – 30 March 2010
  • National Workshop for the Development of Ghana’s National Action Plan (NAP), Accra, 27 April 2010
  • National Workshop on Institutional Collaboration towards Shoreline Management for Ghana, Accra, 28 April 2010National Workshop for the Validation of Ghana’s National Action Plan (NAP), Accra, 20 December 2010
  • Technical Roundtable on Flood Mitigation Strategy for the SADA Area, Tamale, 7 – 11 December 2010
  • National Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) Validation Workshop, Accra, 11 – 12 March 2010
  • National Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation policy, Accra, 17 March 2010
  • Ghana Taxonomic Needs Assessment, Accra, 12 – 15 April 2010
  • 12th Biennial Workshop on Minimizing post harvest losses as an Effective Poverty reduction Strategy: The Role of Science and Technology, Tamale, 4 August 2010
  • National Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) Validation Workshop, Accra, 7 November 2010
  • 4th International Conference on Appropritae Technology for Water and Sanitation: Solutions for a Thirsty, Polluted planet, Accra, 24 – 27 November 2010
  • Mentoring Workshop on Female Scientists: Bridging the Gap between research and Development, Accra, 6 – 8 December 2010




Membership of Committees and Boards

Staff serve on various committees and boards including the under-mentioned:


  • Advisory Committee of the Ghana Environmental Conventions Coordinating Authority, MEST
  • CSIR WRI-BRRI Rainwater Harvesting Development Committee
  • Darwin Initiative – Ghana
  • GCLME Project Steering Committee-Ghana
  • Ghana Chemical Society
  • Ghana Institute of Biology.
  • Ghana-Iran Joint Commission for Co-operation and Development
  • Ghana National Commission for UNESCO
  • Ghana National Committee for International Hydrological Programme (IHP)
  • Ghana Science Association
  • Ghana Science Congress Planning Committee
  • Governing Board of the Ghana Meteorological Agency
  • Governing Board of the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority
  • Governing Commissioners, Water Resources Commission
  • MEST Technical Committee on Marine Algal bloom in the Central and Western Regions
  • National Coordinating Committee of the Ghana Dams Dialogue
  • National Filariasis Task Force
  • National Malaria Task Force
  • Natural Sciences Committee
  • ODINAFRICA-Ghana Atlas Team
  • Steering Committee for Integrated Management of Invasive Aquatic Weeds Project
  • Steering Committee of Technical Co-operation Africa Project RAF/7/008-9002
  • World Water Day Celebration Committee






  • UNICAM 969 Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer with Graphite Furnace
  • Gas Chromatograph
  • DIONEX Ion Chromatograph
  • UV Spectrophotometers
  • Flame Photometers
  • Turbidity, pH and Conductivity meters