Exclude Atewa Forest from intended bauxite mining  now -Concern Citizens of Atewa tell government

 A group calling itself Concern Citizens of Atewa Landscape  has called on the Government of Ghana to exclude  Atewa Forest Reserve from its intended integrated Bauxite industry development.   According to the group, besides Densu,Birim and Ayensu rivers taking their sources from the forest , Atewa Forest provides estimated current…

Ghana moves to reduce carbon emission

  Ghana has adopted re-afforestation as one of the main activities for the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce carbon emissions. To this end, a number of young people are being engaged by government to grow trees in most parts of the country, Mr Peter Abum Sarkodie, Executive Director of…

Second hand Vehicles to be banned as Ghana moves to implement vehicle fuel economy standards

Ghana’s  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the UN Environment and other partner agencies, and Ministries of Transport, and Energy, and the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority have succesfuly undertaken an inventory on the vehicular fleet and inspection evolutions in Ghana from 2005 to 2016 as part of steps to…

Dep.Minister worry over high illegal logging in Volta Region
Mr Benito Owusu-Bio, the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, on Wednesday appealed to Members of Parliament to support the Ministry to halt illegal chainsaw and mining operations, which pose serious threats to sustainable forest resources management. His appeal comes in the wake of the national fight against... Read more
Illegal mining ban extended
Mr John-Peter Amewu, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, on Wednesday, announced the extension of the ban on illegal mining indefinitely, noting that, government’s agenda to halt the menace has not been achieved. Government on the assumption of office in January 2017, introduced the ban in May for... Read more
Forestry officials worry over continuous invasion of Atewa Forest by illegal miners
Forestry officials  have expressed  worry over continuous invasion of  Atewa Forest reserve by illegal miners despite ban on galamsey. The Assistant Manager in Charge of Anyinam Range of the Atewa Forestry Services of the Forestry Commission ,Palmer Aikens Amponsah stated that most illegal miners in communities around the forest... Read more
Illegal Rosewood harvesting polluting river bodies in Northern Region
There is the need to intensify the fight against illegal rosewood harvesting in the three northern regions as it is destroying the few forests and polluting water bodies. The erratic rainfall pattern in northern Ghana, which is having adverse effects on agriculture, could also be blamed on the destruction... Read more
Operation Vanguard must begin to gundown illegal miners -1st Deputy Speaker of Parliament
  The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Osei Owusu, is suggesting that ,Operation Vanguard Task force deployed to mining regions of Ghana to clamp down on illegal miners  must begin to deal ruthless towards recalcitrant illegal  miners still operating despite ban on their activities . According to Joe Osei Owusu ,the... Read more
Ghana loses $30billion annually through illegal gold mining
Over $30billion worth of illegally mined gold is smuggled from Ghana every year, according to the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Frimpong Boateng. According to him, Ghana has over the years lost billions of dollars through illegal gold mining as foreigners engaged in the value chain... Read more
Leader of defiant illegal mining group in Atewa forest jailed ,slapped with hefty fine
A 47 year old illegal miner, has been convicted to three and half years  prison sentence with hard labour and additionally, fined Ghc26,400 . The convict, Sampson Benchi a farmer, is leader of a mining group five of  whom have been arrested including  the convict, put before Koforidua Circle... Read more
Forestry Commission intensifies surveilance in Atewa Forest ,others over threat of invassion by displaced illegal miners
The Eastern Regional Secretariat of the  Forestry Services Division of the Forestry Commission  of Ghana has intensified surveillance in Forest reserves in the region particularly the Atewa Forest following continues invasion by desperate illegal miners displaced as a result of a ban on their activities. The government of Ghana... Read more
13 illegal miners jailed 39 years in addition to Ghc312,000 fine
  The Koforidua Circuit Court ‘B’ Presided over by Her Honour Mercy Adei – Kotei on Tuesday sentenced to jail ,thirteen(13) illegal miners to three ( 3 ) years each and additionally fined each convict  Ghc24,000 totalling Gh312,000. The convicts are  ,William Agyapong alias (3,3,4), Prince Awuni alias Flower... Read more
  75 illegal gold miners arrested at Konongo Odumasi
Seventy Five (75) illegal Miners have been arrested by the  Operation Vanguard Taskforce  at Konongo Odumasi in the Asante Akyem Central Municipality of the Ashanti Region. The suspects which include 5 females were operating in tunnels underneath houses of some residents . The illegal miners were arrested during a... Read more