Land guards threaten Okponglo dump conversion to garden

A few weeks ago it was an illegal refuse dump site at Okponglo close the main entrance of the University of Ghana. But following the persistent reportage of Citi News’ the recurrent illegal refuse dump site is fast becoming a garden. This is because the University of Ghana has given…

Timeabu residents battle with acute water shortage due to galamsey

Residents at Timeabu in the Ejisu-Juabeng Municipality of the Ashanti Region have been hit with an acute water crisis as result of illegal mining activities in the area. The only source of drinking water, ‘Banko’ Stream, has been polluted while the two bore-holes in the community are also faulty. The…

FoN opposes immediate ban of mercury in Ghana

  Friends of the Nation (FoN), an environmental Non-Governmental Organisation, has opposed an immediate ban on the importation of mercury into the country and, therefore, advised the Government to tread cautiously to prevent any backlash. It said an immediate ban on mercury imports and use may make the current illegal…

Forestry Commission launches forests 2020 project
The Forestry Commission, in partnership with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Ecometrica has officially launched the Forest 2020 project in Ghana. The project seeks to address technical barriers across six countries to the sustained implementation of effective forests monitoring systems, capable of measuring forest... Read more
Forestry Commission chalks progress with fight against illegal mining in Ashanti Region
Chinese illegal miners and their local collaborators were picked up in the Apamprama Forest Forestry Commission officials in Ashanti Region are patting themselves on the back for what they claim is victory in the fight against illegal mining. Acting Regional Manger of Forestry Services Division, Isaac Noble Eshun, is... Read more
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
Illegal mining: Baako fingers “big fish” at Forestry Commissio
Editor in chief of the New Crusading Guide is accusing “a big fish” at the Forestry Commission of selling Ghana’s green forest reserves to Chinese galamsey miners. Malik Kweku Baako Jnr will not name the official, at least for now, but says “that big man” was caught on tape... 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
Ghana to mark 6th Forestry Week, Greening Day
The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources in collaboration with the Forestry Commission and other stakeholders will celebrate the 6th Forestry Week and Greening Ghana Day 2017 from June 13 to 14. This year’s programme will be dedicated to tree planting and promoting awareness on the importance of forests... 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
Project to strengthen capacity of non-state actors in the forestry sector launched
A Project to strengthen the capacity of non-state actors to improve Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPA) and REDD+ processes in Western Africa has been launched. The €35.5 million project was launched by Tropenbos Ghana, a forestry research non-governmental organisation, in conjunction with Nature... 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
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