Water challeges in Ghana to worsen if Govt goes ahead to mine bauxite in Atewa Forest – AROCHA Water challeges in Ghana to worsen if Govt goes ahead to mine bauxite in Atewa Forest – AROCHA
An International environmental stewardship organization subsidiary in Ghana , AROCHA Ghana  ,working in conservation, environmental education and sustainable agriculture is predicting severe water crises... Water challeges in Ghana to worsen if Govt goes ahead to mine bauxite in Atewa Forest – AROCHA

An International environmental stewardship organization subsidiary in Ghana , AROCHA Ghana  ,working in conservation, environmental education and sustainable agriculture is predicting severe water crises in the Country should government goes ahead to mine bauxite in the Atewa Forest Reserve in the Eastern Region .
 
The Atewa Forest Reserve is the headwater for three major river bodies in Ghana,namely Ayensu,Densu and Birim River which more than 5 million people depend on for consumption and other agricultural activities .
 
As part of the 15 billion dollar deal entered between Ghana and China, Ghana will leverage 5 percent of its Bauxite reserves, including the deposits in the Atewa Forest.
 
The move has been kicked against by environmentalists in the country due to its negative impact on the Forest.
 
Recent announcement by the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to  ration water supply this dry season due to inadequate raw water supply , has resonated calls for Government to reconsider plan to mine bauxite in the Atewa Forest Reserve.

 

Daryl Bosu, Deputy National Director of AROCHA Ghana has stated in an interview that ,the water scarcity situation in Ghana will worsen in the near future if Birim,Ayensu and Densu rivers are disturbed.
 
“we believe that if government mine the bauxite in Atewa Forest ,it is going to disturb the three major river bodies that have their sources in the reserve .Bauxite is water intensive so definately water will be diverted to the mining site ,apart from this vegetations along the river sources will be affected “.
He added “if the government says there is plans or technology to mine bauxite in Atewa without negative environmental impact, that must be made available for scrutiny because we believe there is no technology available anywhere in the world  that can be used to mine the bauxite without negative impact “.
He concured with views that Ghana may import water if hollistic measures are not put in place to protect river bodies some of which have been depleted and polluted through anthropogenic activities.
Source :enaghana.com
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