Ghana and La Cote d’Ivoire agree on MOU to tackle galamsey

  Ghana and La Cote d’Ivoire have agreed upon a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) detailing Plan of Action to address the pollution of water bodies through illegal mining. The activities of illegal miners in Ghana, otherwise known as galamsey, have polluted water bodies with rippling effects on water bodies in…

UN Ocean Conference Adopts Resolution to Reduce Plastics; Industry Pushes for Waste Management

Plastic Pollution Coalition was honored to participate in the United Nations Ocean Conference, June 5-9, 2017, the first of its kind to be focused on the issues surrounding ocean health and marine life. In partnership with the Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education (COARE), the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, the…

LIGHT AND DYNAMITE: How fish safety is compromised

The story is told of the chief fisherman of Bortiano landing beach who was assaulted by other fishermen in Accra one weekend in May. Together with other fishermen, Nii Adama Tettey II, had attended a meeting called by the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye. What incurred the wrath…

Forestry Commission begs CJ to deal with illegal logging
  The Forestry Commission of Ghana is appealing to the new Chief Justice to ensure that courts deal with illegal logging cases incisively with severe punishment to deter others. The Chief Executive Officer of the Commission,Mr.Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie  explained that ,illegal logging is a bane to Forest sustainability due... Read more
Pressure mounts on Forestry Commission to release seized truck-load of illegal lumber at Kibi
The  Forestry Commission of Ghana is under intense Political pressure to release truck smuggling illegal lumber believed to have been harvested from the Atewa Forest Reserve . Officials of the commission seized the truck loaded with illegal lumber during the World Environment Day Celebration held at Kibi . However,... Read more
Forestry Commission considers arming forestry guards to protect reserves
The forestry commission is considering arming its forest guards to protect them from armed attacks of illegal miners and illegal chainsaw operations. According to the commission, cartels in the illegal lumbering and galamsey business threatening to infiltrate the nation’s forest reserves always come armed with sophisticated weapons. Speaking to... Read more
60% of Ghana’s water bodies polluted – Water Resources Commission
About 60 per cent of Ghana’s water bodies are polluted, with many in critical condition, the Water Resources Commission (WRC) has said. Mr. Ben Ampomah, Executive Secretary of the Commission at a workshop in Ho, said the polluted water bodies were mostly in the south-western parts of the country,... Read more
Forestry Commission to strengthen permit regime
The Forestry Commission says it is reviewing and strengthening its permit regime to effectively regulate the exploitation of Rosewood harvesting in line with the agreement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Deputy Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, Mr John Allotey, told a press conference... Read more
Minerals Commission ladies storm galamsey sites to ‘save’ women in illegal mining
  Women are the most threatened in hazards in galamsey The Minerals Commission Ladies (MICLA) says it is ready to bargain for a mutual agreement with the various women who are involved in illegal mining. On Friday, April 28, some of the country’s women groups involved in illegal mining... Read more
Minerals Commission announces Online Mining Licensing System
         The Minerals Commission of Ghana with support from Australian government is developing an online mining licensing system for legal miners as a move to weed out galamsey, according to Isaac Abraham, Head of Public Relations. Dubbed “Digital Cadastre System”, the framework when completed, would have the... Read more
Minerals Commission “indicted”  over sophisticated Chinese machines used in alluvia mining in Ghana
      The Minerals Commission of Ghana has been ‘ indicted’ for having knowledge over the introduction of Changfa machinery and other sophisticated mining equipments  by Chinese Nationals in small -scale mining particularly alluvial mining in Ghana  .   According to a research report   by International Growth... Read more
The Forestry Commission and BraveHearts Expeditions, an adventure tourism company, have launched the National Biking and Abseiling Festival at the Shai Hills Resource Reserve over the weekend. The biking and abseiling event would become an integral part of activities at the reserve. Abseil is a controlled descent of a... Read more
Forestry commission impounds huge volume of rosewood
The Forestry Commission of Ghana,has impounded at least 25 Container trucks smuggling  rosewood from the Northern Part of the country to Tema Port for export. Seven of the Vehicles enroute to Tema were impounded at Suhum in the Eastern region while others trucks seized at the Forestry Commission office... Read more