Salamatu Shaibu Tannor

Research themes
  • Water resources (management)
  • Environmental and climate change
  • Global development and trade
Research countries
  • Ghana
Research projects

I am about submitting my thesis that focused on climate-mining interactions and the effects  on resilience of  multiple landuse systems mainly mining operations and rural livelihood systems within southwestern Ghana. 

I am energised  to continue  in understanding pathways to integrate nature and climate positve actions into corporate strategies to enhance rural resilience and resource conservation in West African miningscapes.

My interest now is to advocate for collaborative  adaptation measures within resource-fringe communities in forms of livelihood  and climate resilient rural development which has a strategic benefit for nature conservation and sustainable resource extraction. I believe extractive companies within these landscapes have the corporate responsibility to support their surrounding socio-ecological systems to adapt to the double exposure impacts of climate and extractivism. For instance, surrounding ecosystem services particularly  water resources and biodiversity  are exposed simultaneously to the impacts of extractivism and local changing climate.

To achieve this, corporate responsibility in mining has to be revisited as well as the criteria for environmental impact assessment of projects  such as petroleum and minerals mining, plantation, forest resource extractivism in developing countries like Ghana.

My academic interest is to delve into the empirical perspectives and to identify pragmatic ways to act locally to address these global impacts through scientific knowledge generation and advocacy.

Working groups

Sustainable resource development and rural resilience


Industrial ecology

Systems resilience and adaptation management

Climate risk analysis

Environmental management

Legal framework for environmental management in Ghana

 Sustainability management  in mining

Tutorship of doctoral candidates

Dr. Bernhard Tischbein

Professional experience
I am a self-motivated and dynamic  promising young scientist  with professional expertise in environment, health, safety and quality management  from industry, regulatory and academic environs accross Ghana. 
My industry exposure begun as undergraduate trainee at  Kakum National Park (2006) and  AngloGold-Ashanti- Iduapriem Mine (2007). I assessed small mammal diversity as bio-indicators to monitor reclamation successes of mine-waste rock dumps for my bachelor thesis with first class. Together with my coleaques, we collected field data and supported with the preparation of the maiden sustainable  community development plan for mine-affected communities within  the Newmont Ahafo Mines which has become the model plan adopted for other communities in 2009  as a research assistant at Bureau of Integrated Rural Development, KNUST. I volunteered as junior programme officer at Ghana's Environmental Protection Agency (Takoradi ) before joining Goldfields Damang Gold Mine, as training officer for environment in 2011. I rose to head  the Compliance  section (Environmental Management System) from 2012 to 2016.  I taught on part-time basis   at the School of Public Service and Governance, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Accra until 2017 when i joined ZEFc as Junior Researcher.
My passion is to contribute to sustainable exploitaton of natural resources in West Africa and
beyond by providing expertise in  sustainability management, environmental impact assessments  and promote  climate-resilient development in miningscapes.



Certificate of Competency,  Senior Officer Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) 09.2020 Inspectorate Division of Minerals Commission, Ghana

MSc. Water Resources Management and Engineering (2012), Civil ENgineering Department, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technololgy, Kumasi, Ghana

Bsc. Natural Resouces Management (2008), Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.


Climate risk and adaptation management, corporate sustainability, environmental impact assessement, GIS and remote sensing

Funding institutions

KAAD, Foundation fiat panis

Research partners

Climate and forestry Division, CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana


Supervisors of
doctoral work

Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister

Prof. Dr. Klaus Greve


Advisor at ZEF


Dr. Girma Mensuro


Salamatu J. Tannor, Girma Kelboro, Klaus Greve, Christian Borgemeister, Bernhard Tischbein.  2022.  Climate variability and extractivism exposures: Understanding household perspectives on livelihood resilience in rural Ghana.  Extractive Industries and Society, 12   : 11   .


Salamatu Shaibu, Samuel Nii Odai, Kwaku Amaning Adjei, Eduard Mattew Osei Junior, Frank Annor.  2012.  Simulation of runoff for the Black Volta Basin using satellite observation data.  International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, 10   : 12   .


Salamatu J. Tannor, Klaus Greve, Bernhard Tischbein, Christian Borgemeister.  Rainfall/temperature variability in southwestern Ghana and the implications for natural resources management in miningscapes.  International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, .
Salamatu J. Tannor, Shalom D. Danso, Klaus Greve, Christian Borgemeister, Bernhard Tischbein.  Climate variability and mining sustainability: Exploring operations' perspectives on local effects and the willingness to adapt in Ghana.  .

Additionals, Curriculum Vitae
and Downloads

Junior Researcher


Ecology and Natural Resources Management

salmashaibu(at), joanatannor(at)