Gov’t to announce roadmap towards lifting of ban on small- scale mining.

Government is set to lift  ban placed on Small- Scale Mining more than a year ago. The ban came into force as part of government’s effort to sanitize the artisanal mining sector and to curb illegal mining which was causing wanton destruction to the environment and water bodies, after incessant…

Ghana government takes steps to tackle alarming forest degradation

The Government of Ghana has employed some twenty thousand (20,000) young men and women across the country to help manage the country’s forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss. Forestry experts have warned that Ghana risks losing its total forest cover to illegal logging in…

Humans have annihilated 83% of all wild mammals and half of all plants on Earth-Research

Of all the birds left in the world, 70 percent are poultry chickens and other farmed birds, a study says. It says humans occupy a tiny space when it comes to planet Earth. The weight of all 7.6 billion humans makes up just 0.01 per cent of all biomass on…

Ghana doubles effort to phase out Mercury
Steps are underway to get Ghana phase out items and chemicals containing mercury in line with the Minamata Convention on Mercury, an official disclosed here on Tuesday. Sam Adu-Kumi, Director for Chemicals Control and Management Centre/Registrar of Pesticides of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), stressed the need for some... Read more
Mercury content in Kyebi is higher than WHO approved level
  Mr Johan Zietsman, Lead Researcher for the Kyebi Reclamation Project, has said the mercury content in some mining sites in Kyebi in the Eastern Region is 2,000 times higher than the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) permissible level. The researcher who works with the Eco Sika Ghana Limited Gold... Read more
Ghana makes effort to reduce mercury usage
  A delegation of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) on Thursday held discussions with officials of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation on how to reduce mercury usage in artisanal mining. The meeting, also attended by members of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM),... Read more
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... Read more
Stopping galamsey: Gov’t to ban mercury imports by end of year
Government has disclosed it will ban the importation of mercury to augment efforts to curb the impact of illegal mining activities in the country. The move is expected to take effect by the end of 2017. The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Frimpong Boateng who announced... Read more
EU ratification propels global mercury treaty into force
EU ratification propels global mercury treaty into force Press Release Today the EU and seven of its member states (Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, and Sweden) ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, thereby providing the “tipping point’’ needed to trigger its entry into force. “The EU has... Read more
Nationwide Mercury inventory  begin in Ghana
A nationwide Mercury inventory program in Ghana is expected to begin for accurate data on usage of the poisonous heavy metal to develop a national mercury profile for Ghana as part of Minamata Initial Assessment project being implemented by Environmntal Protection Agency ,(EPA) ,with support from United Nations Development Program,(UNDP) ... Read more
Ghana Ratifies Mercury Convention
Toxic Metal Used in Small-Scale Gold Mining Especially Harmful to Children.People living in Ghana’s mining communities may now be better protected from deadly mercury poisoning. On March 23, Ghana ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury – a real step forward for communities affected by mercury pollution. Mercury, a toxic... Read more
Researchers assess harmful effects of mercury use on small-scale miners
A research to assess the effect of excessive use of mercury in gold extraction on artisanal miners and residents of mining communities in Ghana is currently underway. The miners are said to be exposed to cancer-related diseases. The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) is funding the 1.5 million-dollar research... Read more