New Government to Reconsider Mining Atewa Forest

The government is considering putting on hold its plans to mine bauxite in the Atewa Forest in the Eastern Region. The intention to develop an integrated Aluminum industry and also mine bauxite deposits within the forest reserve and two other areas in Ghana was captured in the 2017 Budget statement presented to the Parliament of Ghana by the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Mr. Ken Ofori- Atta.

According to the new Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission Mr.  Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, the decision to reconsider mining is to allow the government assess proposals to turn the forest into a National Park. He made this known when he met officials from the United States and Netherlands embassy in Ghana at the Kyebi office of A Rocha Ghana.

Officials of the two missions, led by the US Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Robert Jackson and the Deputy Netherlands Ambassador, Ms Caecilia Wijgers, visited the Atewa Forest landscape to get first-hand knowledge on efforts being led by an A Rocha Ghana and the Forestry Commission with support from IUCN-Netherlands to ensure that the forest reserve is protected as a National Park. The visiting team paid a courtesy call on the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II who expressed his unflinching support for the National Park Agenda.

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