Atewa Forest Reserve has captured the heart of many students on the fringe communities of the forest . Having realized the species richness...
Atewa Forest Reserve has captured the heart of many students on the fringe communities of the forest .
Having realized the species richness and abundance in the Atewa Forest Reserve , the students frequently opt to visit the Forest Reserve for tourism and practical interaction with nature.
Students from Osino and Kwabeng Anglican Senior High School are the latest to visit the forest reserve to learn about Atewa and its magnificient water Sources for Birim,Ayensu ,and Densu, provisioning services it provides for 5 million Ghanaians.
The students excited to locate their communities on the fringes of such globally significant Forest reserve called for its conservation for future generation disapproving government’s plans to mine bauxite in the forest
Besides Densu,Birim and Ayensu rivers taking their source from the forest , Atewa Forest provides estimated current annual values of non-timber products of US$12.4m, climate amelioration services c. 55,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, potential tourism revenue over US$5m, cocoa production at US$9.3m, and timber at US$40.6m. Therefore ,these services will all be eroded should the planned bauxite mining happens.
Many Environmentalists have kicked against the move by government arguing millions of Ghanaians will be directly and indirectly affected if the forest is disturbed.