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Activists sue Ghana Government to save Atewa Range Forest from Bauxite Mine

Metal News - Published on Mon, 03 Aug 2020

Image Source: Bauxite Atewa Range Forest
Ghana Web reported that environmental activists have sued Ghana's government to stop a proposed mining project in a protected national forest, which they say endangers their health and well-being, amid growing calls to increase nature reserves to combat climate change. Seven local advocacy groups and four citizens claim that mining in the forest violates their constitutional right to a clean and healthy environment and their right to protect it for future generations

The proposed mine in the Atewa Range Forest is part of a USD 2 billion deal signed with China, which will gain access to bauxite in exchange for financing infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges in Ghana.

The Atewa forest is home to rare plants and animals and is the source of three major rivers that provide water to millions, including residents of the capital Accra, about 90 km away. Campaigners want it to be turned into a national park, but bulldozers have already begun to clear paths in the forest. Activists and residents have been campaigning since 2017 to stop the mine with marches, an online petition nearly 30,000 signatures, a billboard outside the presidential palace and support on Twitter from actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Ghana experienced a 60% rise in primary forest loss between 2017 and 2018 - the highest rise in any tropical country, according to the US based Global Forest Watch, with trees lost to illegal mining, logging and expanding cocoa farms.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 03 Aug 2020
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