Atewa Forest :Group storm Greater Accra Region to petition President on Thursday Atewa Forest :Group storm Greater Accra Region to petition President on Thursday
A group calling itself Concern Citizens of Atewa Landscape has  entered Greater Accra Region today Wednesday March 21,2018 having walked five days from Akyem... Atewa Forest :Group storm Greater Accra Region to petition President on Thursday
A group calling itself Concern Citizens of Atewa Landscape has  entered Greater Accra Region today Wednesday March 21,2018 having walked five days from Akyem Segyimase near Kibi in the Eastern Region petitioning stakeholders over intended bauxite mining in Atewa Forest.
The group will be joined by some prominent musicians including President of Musicians Union of Ghana ,Bice Osei Kuffuor known in Showbiz as Obuor to petition the President of Ghana and his Vice,Akufo Addo and Dr.Mahamadu Bawumia respectively.
The group will before  flagstaff house visit,Petition the CEO of Forestry Commission and  Achimota Mantse Palace on Wednesday.
The Concerned Citizens of the Atewa Landscape protest marched started Saturday  has seen many stakeholders such as Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, th Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council,  Municipal Chief Executive of East Akyem and Suhum Municipality all petitioned.
Others petitioned are Amanfromhene,  Suhumhene, Municipal District Chief Executive for Suhum,  MCE of Nsawam- Adoagyiri Municipality and Overlord of Nsawam Traditional Council.

The government of Ghana has announced plans to leverage bauxite deposits in parts of Ghana for a $15Billion financial package from the Chinese government.The  Atewa Forest which is a Global Biodiversity Significant Area is part of current plans of Ghana to develop an integrated bauxite industry in Ghana.

However, the Concerned Citizens of Atewa Landscape -a  group  made up of representives of several NGOs, Youth Groups, Interfaith Groups, Forest Fora, Farmer Based Associations, Opinion Leaders, and Community Leaders that have the best long term interest of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area and all the areas surrounding Atewa Forest vehemently oppose the intended bauxite mining.

The group contends that ,apart from  Densu,Birim and Ayensu rivers taking their source from the forest , Atewa Forest provides estimated current annual values of non-timber products of US$12.4m, climate amelioration services c. 55,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, potential tourism revenue over US$5m, cocoa production at US$9.3m, and timber at US$40.6m. Therefore ,these services will all be eroded should the  planned bauxite mining happens