Training on the Legal Regime and Legislation Governing Natural Resources

A two day capacity building workshop on the Legal Regime and Legislation Governing Natural Resources was held for law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s), NGOs and community leaders as part of efforts to address the immediate threats of illegal mining and logging in and around the Atewa Forest Reserve.

  • Group picture of law enforcers and Prosecutors at the training

The training program facilitated by Taylor Crabbe, an environmental legal consortium associated with the global legal firm, Client Earth, also had in attendance representatives of state agencies and stakeholders such as the Forestry Commission and Water Resources Commission of Ghana. 

The training program was designed to equip stakeholders on the legal provisions and constitutional rights as well as responsibilities associated with the management Ghana's natural resources. It also aimed at educating stakeholders on the legal processes required to re-designate Atewa Forest Reserve in to a National Park.

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Mr. Atta Owusu, the Eastern Regional Manager, Forestry Commission in his address said, the commission was currently working with A Rocha Ghana and all stakeholders to ensure long term sustainable management of the Atewa Forest Reserve. On the score of tackling threats of Illegal logging in the reserve, he said the Rapid Response Unit of the Forest Services Division was currently operational in the district to clamp down on illegal loggers for prosecution.

Day one of the training saw, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors taken through the legal regime for the management of forests as well as how to identity and prosecute forest offenses using the various acts and legislation provided by the laws of the country. 

Police officer contributing

  • A police officer asking a question at the training.

Participants were put in groups where practical case study scenarios of forest offenses were analyzed and dummy prosecutions effected.

  • Group 3 finalizing their work for presentation

CSOs and community members were also taken through the laws governing forest ecosystems and empowered to take action in ensuring the protection of the Atewa Forest.

  • Group picture of CSO's, NGOs and Community Representatives

Participants at the training program pledged their support to the re-categorization of Atewa Forest Reserve into a National Park by signing up to the "I am for #AtewaNationalPark" campaign.

Pastor for Atewa National Park

  • A pastor showing his endorsement for Atewa National Park

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