Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) has added its voice to calls opposing government decision to mine bauxite in the Atewa Forest...
Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) has added its voice to calls opposing government decision to mine bauxite in the Atewa Forest Reserve .
The 23,663 Hectare Atewa Forest Reserve is one of the internationally recognized critical ecosystems with high species richness and abundance .
The Atewa Forest Reserve is also headwater for three major river bodies in Ghana,namely Ayensu,Densu and Birim River which more than 5 million people depend on for consumption and other agricultural activities .
However as part of a 15 billion dollar deal entered between Government of Ghana and China, Ghana will leverage 5 percent of its Bauxite reserves, including the deposits in the Atewa Forest for mining .
This has attracted fierce opposition by Environmentalists and civil society organizations due to its negative impact on the forest.
Speaking at a workshop held for Civil Society groups and the media by WiLDAF at Akuapem- Amonokrom in the Eastern Region on the Sustainable Development Goals,Ms. Esenam Ahiadorme ,programs Officer with WiLDAF stated that government plan to mine bauxite in the Atewa Forest reserve defeats the purpose of the SDG goal 15 which enjoins countries to protect,restore and Promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystem ,sustainably manage forests,combat desertification ,and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
According to WiLDAF ,this generation has become greedy hence over exploiting and depleting all natural resources conserved by the past generation,adding that this will affect the future generation.
The Pan African Organization wants government to rescind its decision rather come out with innovative policies to generate revenue for the country.
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