Save Atewa Forest is a 2,5 year program focused on protecting the Ghanaian Atewa forest for its crucial water provision function.
The Atewa forest contains the headwaters of three rivers that are water sources for millions of people in Ghana. However, illegal logging, illegal artisanal gold mining, land clearance for farming and illegal hunting cause deforestation. Another major threat is posed by large scale industrial bauxite mining in the reserve. As the forest disappears it can no longer capture and retain rainwater. As a result, the provision of clean and reliable water is threatened.
The Save Atewa Forest program involves local communities that depend on the forest for their livelihoods. The program ensures that their voices are heard in the decision-making processes around the future of Atewa forest. Also, their participation in the management of the area is strengthened.
Save Atewa Forest is a partnership between IUCN NL, A Rocha Ghana, IUCN Ghana, Forestry Commission, Water Resource Commission, Permian Global and the Coalition Against Mining Atewa (CONAMA). It is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.