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…

Is climate change  increasing forest fires around the world?
Have wildfires increased globally over recent years? And if so, is global warming to blame? Research has illuminated this, along with what wildfires do to us and our environment, and which areas are most vulnerable. Are wildfires increasing around the world? Unusually large wildfires ravaged Alaska and Indonesia in... Read more
Death toll from forest fire raging in Portugal climbs to 57
Firefighters work to put out a forest fire near Bouca, in central Portugal, June 18, 2017. REUTERS/RAFAEL MARCHANTE (Reuters) – A forest fire raging since Saturday in central Portugal has killed at least 57 people, a government official said on Sunday, in what is possibly the deadliest-ever single forest... Read more
Forest Rangers in Ghana in serious  Danger
Forest Rangers  in  Ghana are facing life threatening challenges in their operations in conserving and protecting Forest Reserves and its wildlife  in the Country .  Forest Rangers in Ghana have become vulnerable to repetitive assaults and attacks by poachers,illegal miners and illegal Chainsaw operators . These illegal operators  invade... Read more
W/R: Five forest and wildlife reserves under serious threat
Five forest and wildlife reserves, which serves as tourist attraction centers in the Sefwi Wiawso area in Western Region, continue to be under threat due to illegal farming, chainsaw operations among others. The threat persist despite the joint military and police timber monitoring team formed to curtail the menace.... Read more
Photos:US Ambassador Jackson joined Embassy of the Netherlands in Ghana Deputy Ambassador Caecilia Wijgers on a visit to Atewa Forest Reserve yesterday
Ambassador Jackson joined Embassy of the Netherlands in Ghana Deputy Ambassador Caecilia Wijgers on a visit to Atewa Forest Reserve yesterday. The ambassador called on the Okyenhene and expressed the U.S. government’s support for designating Atewa as a national park to protect its long-term economic potential and benefit the... Read more
Plans to mine bauxite in Atiwa Forest to be put on hold
The government is considering putting on hold its plans to mine bauxite in the Atiwa Forest in the Eastern Region. That, according to the Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, Mr Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, is to allow the government to assess proposals to turn the forest into a national park... Read more
Two Foreign diplomats visit Atewa Forest and galamsey sites
Two Foreign diplomats in Ghana ,the US Ambassador H.E Robert Jackson and the Deputy Head of Mission at Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Accra (Ghana),Caecilia Wijgers  have paid a visit to Atewa Forest Reserve ,one of the largest surviving rain forests in West Africa located in Akyem Abuakwa... Read more
Illegal Miners ‘diversifying’ into illegal logging ;Three arrested in Atewa Forest.
  The Begoro District branch of Forestry Commission in the Eastern region of Ghana has arrested three illegal loggers for  harvesting economic trees in the Akwadum Portion of the Atewa Forest reserve . The suspects are Kwaku Adu,a chainsaw operator, David Oppong and Richard Odoi . The suspects were... Read more
Scientists reveal vast area of ‘hidden’ forest
African cattle among trees and shrubs in the drylands of Burkina Faso. Image:Olivier Girard/CIFOR New worldwide study identifies areas of dryland forest whose combined size is equivalent to the landmass of all 28 European Union states. An international partnership of scientists has just discovered an area of forest bigger... Read more
“We were hunting  for Bush rat not mining” -Foreigners standing trial for mining illegally in Atewa forest
Drama unfolded in Koforidua Circuit Court” B ” in the Eastern region of Ghana ,Thursday when 14 out of 29 foreigners standing trial for engaging in illegal mining in the Atewa range of forest reserve apparently told the Court they were hunting for a bush rat in the forest... Read more