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
    The Waste Management Directorate of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has finally moved in to clear an illegal dumpsite at Okponglo. The Directorate had earlier announced that the illegal dumpsite at Okponglo and five others had been shut down but checks by Citi News showed otherwise. Citi... Read more
Russia Ukraine illegal miners  granted bail 
An Accra Circuit Court has granted bail to the two Russians and two Ukrainians arrested in the Ashanti region for engaging in illegal mining. They were granted bail to the tune of GH¢200, 000 each with one surety who must be a Ghanaian. They were said to have mined... Read more
AMA shuts down six ‘illegal’ landfill sites
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has shut down six illegal landfill sites in the Accra Metropolis. The six include a huge site on the Mortuary Road, behind the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) Other landfill sites within the Glefe, Okponglo, Adedenkpo, Tunga and Mallam Market areas have also been... Read more
I will not allow illegal mining to destroy Ghana– Akufo-Addo
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said he will not allow illegal mining to destroy the country’s water bodies and forest reserves. Speaking to the Ghanaian community in Germany, he said illegal mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey’ will devour Ghanaians if it is not halted. “It will devour all... Read more
Minister for Fisheries vows to clampdown on illegal fishing methods
The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture has held a Press Conference in Accra to update the media on its intention to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the fishing industry. In a Press statement the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Hon Nayon Bilijo disclosed... Read more
UN commends Ghana’s efforts to curb illegal mining
Madam Christine Evans-Klock, the United Nations Coordinator in Ghana, has commended the Government’s efforts to improve the regulation of small-scale mining and end Galamsey. The move is to protect legitimate livelihoods in the mining sector and to bring to justice to those who abuse the environment. In a statement... 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
President Akufo Addo  advocates for stiffer sanctions against illegal fishing
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has strongly advocated for enhanced international co-operation for effective monitoring, and a severe sanctions regime to address the problem of illegal and unregulated fishing. With West Africa having one of the world’s most productive fishing grounds, which attract commercial vessels... 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