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Gov’t Would Undertake Sustainable Mining In Atewa Forest

Despite opposing mining bauxite in Atewa Forest by Civil Society Organizations, Mr Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources has said government would undertake sustainable mining in order not to destroy the ecosystem and water bodies in the area.

According to him saying, some Australian experts would support mining of bauxite in the Atewa Forest to prevent any danger to the ecology.

Mr Asomah-Cheremeh said this told the at a Meet-the-Press Series in Accra.

He said the World Bank had supported Ghana Government with some funds to implement the Multi-sectoral Mining Integrated Project (MMIP) and that the MMIP Documents would be launched in September 17, this month at the University of Ghana.

Four environmental civil society organisations have sent a strong warning to mining companies bidding to mine bauxite mining in the Atewa Forest.

They are urging the mining companies to consider the fact that the prospect of bauxite mining in the legally protected forest is highly contested.

The organisations namely Friends of the Earth-Ghana, A Rocha Ghana, the Concerned Citizens of Atewa Landscape and the Green Livelihoods Alliance in a statement notice signed by Dr. Theo Anderson, Director, Friends of the Earth Ghana and Mr. Nehemiah Tettey Odjer-Bio, Project Coordinator for GLA at FoE-Ghana also warn mining companies to be mindful of the dissent and of the damage that mining activities will cause to the Atewa Forest.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given assurances that the government’s plan to have bauxite mined in the country’s largest surviving natural rain forest, the Atewa forest, will not in any way destroy the environment.

He believes that the technology to be adopted by the miners would reduce the impact of the mining activity on the quality of life of persons whose livelihoods depend on the forest’s resources.

He made the statement during the Sustainable Ocean Industries Conference organised under the auspices of the Petroleum Commission of Ghana, Aker Energy and the Norwegian Embassy in Ghana in June 2019.

Source: Kofi Atakora/

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