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NGO Seeks Conservation of Atewa Forest in Ghana

Metal News - Published on Mon, 25 May 2020

Image Source: Bauxite Mining Ghana Atewa Forest Reserve
GNA reported that youth-led advocacy NGO Rescue Mission International has called on Ghana government to actively engage stakeholders including indigenous communities, the youth and environmental NGOs, in the effective management and conservation of the Atewa Forest. It said the Atewa Forest is the home for many vulnerable and endangered species, which needed to be protected to ensure sustainable livelihoods for both the current and future generations. It said “The Atewa Forest Reserve covers an area of about 23,663 hectares in the eastern part of the country and blessed with distinctive upland forest vegetation, which is rich with a number of very rare species some of which are native or confined in only this reserve. Reserve is equally blessed with a wide variety of natural habitats such as streams, swamps, closed forests and natural clearings, which support a rich variety of fauna such as Killfish and Walker’s barb, which have great potentials in the aquarium trade. The area, provides the headwaters of three river systems Ayensu, Densu and Birim rivers; which together serve as the source of domestic and industrial water for local communities within its catchment areas as well as water for millions in the national capital, Accra”.

According to the statement several NGOs have advocated against any mining activities in the area.

Ghana Parliament, in June 2018, approved an agreement with China’s Sinohydro Corporation Limited to build infrastructure projects including roads, hospitals, landfill sites, and industrial parks. Ghana is to pay for these with USD 2 billion worth of refined bauxite to uphold the deal with China’s Sinohydro Corp Limited. In June 2019, the Government through its agency, the Ghana Integrated Aluminium Development Authority identified Atewa Forest as a potential site to mine bauxite and started clearing access roads to the summit of the forest to allow test drilling for bauxite deposits it believes amounts to 150 million to 180 million tonnes.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 25 May 2020
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