Arocha Educates Stakeholders On The Effect Of Illegal Mining On The Environment

As part of engaging key stakeholders under the “living water from the mountain : protecting Atewa water resources project, A Rocha Ghana participated in a stakeholders sensitization workshop by Ghana Minerals Commission inspectorate division at Birim South District Assembly; Akim Swedru. This was part of the commission’s regular meetings for about 350 stakeholders in the mining industry operating in different geographical areas.

Mr. Daniel Ewur, the Community Liaison Officer for the Living Water from the Mountain Project made a presentation on the theme: Mining, the Environment and You: The Stakeholders Responsibility. In his presentation he indicated that the forest ecosystem is one of the major support systems that nature has offered human kind to use and keep. He talked about the importance of the forest ecosystem as providing the following services; pure oxygen, potable water, food, conducive microclimate for agriculture, windbreak, carbon sink and helping to moderate global warming. The forest ecosystem also serves as a basis for some aspects of our traditions and culture in general.

The Institutions in attendance were Minerals Commission-Regulatory Agency, A Rocha Ghana – Civil Society, District Assembly – local government, local Chiefs-Traditional Authority, Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), Sand and Gold miners associations, Security agencies (Military, Police and Fire service) and the media.

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