Climate-friendly Valley View University (VVU) in Accra / Ghana

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Important Visit at the Valley View University (VVU)

Deputy minister of environment Katherina Reiche visited the Valley View University in oktober 2011.

Project Promotion by German Ministry for the Environment (BMU).

In the frame of the Climate Initiative of the Federal Government of Germany the climate-friendly development of VVU is supported with 1.3 Mio Euro. 

The investments encompass a energyneutral-building for eco-studies, solar-energy, long-term storage of rainwater below roads, water-treatment for further use and preservation of vegetation and climate-positive planting of 5.000 trees.

This started end of 2008 and ends spring 2010: The International workshop ClimSys2010 will be the start of the eco-studies at the new eco-center (named Baobab-center), will introduce and hand over all the investments and installations to VVU and the public .

All has been possible to realize with the help of the following partners:

The concepts Climate-friendly Valley View Universität were realised in cooperation with these partners:

Büro für Nachhaltiges Bauen (Office for suistainability construction)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlef Glücklich
Falkenweg 21
D 21244 Buchholz Holm-Seppensen, Germany

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Reinhard Perfler
Institut für Siedlungswasserbau, 
Industriewasserwirtschaft und Gewässerschutz
Muthgasse 18/5. Stk. 
A 1190 Wien 

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
Alexanderstraße 3 
D - 10178 Berlin-Mitte, Germany
Telefon: +49 (0) 30 18 305-0 
Telefax: +49 (0) 30 18 305-4375

Ecological Engineering Society (IÖV)
Dipl.-Ing. Gunther Geller
Postfach 102229, D - 86012 Augsburg
Völkstraße 3, D - 86150 Augsburg
Telefon: +49 (0) 821 - 575165
Telefax: +49 (0) 821 - 582472

Justus-Liebig-University Giessen
Dr. Dietmar Simmering
Professur für Landschaftsökologie, 
IFZ Uni Giessen
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32
35392 Giessen

Valley View University (VVU)
Dr. Seth Laryea, Valley View University President
Mr. Emmanuel Kwandahor, Direktor of Physical Plant
P.O. Box KA 9358, Airport-Accra
Mile 19, Oyibi, Accra-Dodowa Road, Accra, Ghana
Phone: +233 21 - 508998, +233 24 - 3349328 oder +233 24 - 4299756
E-Mail: oder

Conception of the single projects:

The Ecological Devalopment Plan of Valley View University (Masterplan) comprised the following numbers

1. rainwater-storage
2. watertreatment
3. protection & extention of vegetation
4. faculty building


below roads will enable long-term storage for the long dry seasons. Watertreatent will provide water.


The vegetation of the VVU campus is preserved and protected, extended and cultivated and/or managed. The microclimate hereby is balanced and buffered.

Climate-friendly vegetation

5ooo trees are planted, local ones and others like Cashew-, Mango- und Orange-plantages. Existing precious vegetation will be protected.

Baobab-Centre für "Ecological Studies"

This center for the new eco-studies at VVU, named Baobab-Center, is climate-friendly and includes solar-electricity. The center will take care of the future operation and maintenance of the ecological installations. More over it will served as institute for study and training of students and workers.

February 2010

The Baobab-Center at the beginning february 2010.
The Baobab-Center at the end february 2010.
Presentation of clime-projekt at the visit of Dr. Wendenburg BMU.
Watertreatment-container (BOKU)
Tree nursing
Exemplification about protection of the old Baobab-tree.
Dedication-plaque at the Baobab-centre

July 2010

Pavement on open classroom and walk way linking Baobab-Center.
The completed structure for 2ND PV installation.
External grassing at Baobab-Center.
Pavement walk way on rain water 1 completed.
Filling of chippings to rain water 2 completed, awating gravel filling.
Filling to sand filter in progress.
Pavement around the Baobab-Center, steel truss to open classroom yet to be done.
Mosquito netting fixed at the ground and first floor.
Commissoning of PV solar at Baobab-Center with energy commission of Ghana in attendance.
Group photo of VVU administrators and energy commission board.

Videos of the project

VVU 1st phase ecological project:
VVU Berger Biological Toilet:
VVU Ecological Bilding with lower energy consuption:
VVU Biogas plant:
VVU Commissioning of grid connected PV solar system:
VVU Seperation of urine and water saving units:
VVU Waste water treatment:
VVU Ecological building with solar electricity:
VVU Tree planting project:
VVU Grey water production and utilization:
VVU Water treatment centre:
VVU 2nd phase ecological project:
VVU Rain water harvesting:
VVU Underground rain water storage: