"it is unfortunate the government is compromising on the current economic situation of the country to the detriment of the our environment. when the whole world is awake with climate change strategies which including sustainably managing their, conservation and establishment of plantation for carbon credit, Ghana my beloved country is seeking to destroy its only left largest forest reserve for minerals. I absolute disagree with government decision and will support at all levels to see it that the Atiwa forest is not destroyed. I am currently working on a project which seeks to reveal the policy gaps in Ghana's constitution that has continually created conflicts between the forest and mining sector of the country. I hope to take it far to the international front for immediate intervention."
Jonathan Abagre - Canada
"I vehemently disagree to mining in.Atewa"
Seth Boamah - Ghana
"Atewa Forest can use for the development of ecotourism. This can help provide alternative livelihood activities and also help to conserve the Forest since tourist will only take pictures when they visit the forest "
ERNEST ADOFO - Ghana
"Govt must ban mining at Atiwa"
Emmanuel Osabutey - Ghana
"The universe is unfolding as it is when we met it at our birth. During our life time on this planet(Earth), we must try not to destroy or disturb the beauty of nature that be.But in our endeavor as human beings, try to help preserve the beauty, love and tranquility prevailing. Why destroy the natural resources of ATIWA. Posterity will question our integrity. "
twum ampofo kwame - Ghana
"Please, protect it! for every man, woman, and child of this world, and on behalf of all future generations. Please."
Vincent Matthews - United Kingdom
"I strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
Paul Latham - United Kingdom
"Save Atiwa Forest"
Maame Efua - Ghana
"the gov't of Ghana should try hard to provide some under-cover vigilante/watchdogs in order to help susrtain our richest Atewa village because every thing fetched from the pplace is very much best."
richie opoku-agyemang -
"Keep it a rainforest. Do not sell mining rights to foreign exploiters for short-term gain. Look at the record of foreign companies in other countries in Africa. Act in good conscience for the people of Ghana as a whole, and for the planet. Short-term gain for the few will mean long-term pain for the many. "
Fenella Putland - United Kingdom
"to ban mining and leave the forest for all people to enjoy, and to make it a national park"
susan Lane - Australia
"preserve this forest."
john pasqua - United States of America
"SAVE THE FORESTS!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Birgitta Siponen - Finland
"save the forest now"
slava r - Canada
"Please save the Atiwa Forest. Our planet has a finite amount of fresh water. Drilling, fracking, and mining use more than their fair share, leaving towns and villages without water. Please save the watrer, the people, and the wildlife."
Dillon policaudillon@hotmail.com - United States of America
"Please save Atewa for Ghana and for the World. It has many more values than bauxite and gold. It is an infinite source of clean water and air, a refuge for an extremely high biodiversity and could also become a recreational hub for Ghanaian people, who want to take a walk in the cool upland forest, listen to the calling birds or insects. Save Atewa for itself because it was given to us to be protected, not to be destroyed. Ghana! Save Atewa"
Szabolcs Sáfián - Hungary
"I stand to protect Atiwa forest,so i urge all NGOs to stand up "
Seidu Musah - Ghana
"please do not use the area for mining it should be developed into a bio-conservation area to save the numerous wonderful species in the forest "
rita goka - Ghana
"Please ban mining in Atiwa Forest RESERVE. reserves are meant to be protected for all an this is especially important where 5 million people are relying on the clean water coming from there. Fresh water is needed everyday, by all, including the government and its families! A more long term income could be through tourism which would bring money over a longer term and provide a more steady income for all."
Carol Coupe - United Kingdom
"save our indigenous species, flora or fauna, they are us..."
Opoku Kennedy Yaw - Ghana
"The government could just keep it as it is now. It could be a reserved forest."
David Adjei - Czech Republic
"THIS IS OUR ONLY SOURCE OF WATER TOWER FOR THE SOUTHERN MUNICIPAL CITIES AROUND. REMEMBER WATER IS LIFE, COS WITHOUT IT........WE ARE DEAD"
GABRIEL ASSAGBA - Ghana
"Water is life."
Stephen Doso Jnr - Ghana
"The government should put portions of Atewa under strict conservation and other portions to ecotourism uses. "
MARGARET APPIAH - Ghana
"Atiwa should be gazetted and converted into a National Park. This will ensure effective management. It will further means better protection and maintenance of Biodiversity."
Alfred Bara - Ghana
"allow the laws to function"
michael commeh - Ghana
"Realise the Beauty and future of your country ! You have the power to preserve it and make it proliferate ! Please think like a good leader. Act for the future, your country will be grateful today and tomorrow !"
cloé lucas - France
"We don't have to think that because we are alive and here now, everything belong to us and us alone. Billions have come before us and quintillions may come after us. If the billions left us what we have now, then we MUST do well to leave enough for the many who WILL come after us. ACT NOW TO SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT!!!"
Patrick Kumah - Ghana
"The Government of Ghana should wholly protect the reserve. "
Foster Yaw Adu-Dartey - Ghana
"National park and hand it over to the wildlife division"
Mav Elikem - Ghana
"As a national park"
Barbara Bekoe - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations. "
Akosua Agyeiwaa Boateng - Ghana
"THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE RESERVE. A RESERVE IS A RESERVE AND NEEDS TO BE RESERVED AND MAINTAINED NO MATTER WHAT. WE IN THIS GENERATION HAVE SEEN THE RESERVE, WHAT OF THE NEXT GENERATION? I WRITE AND HOPE THAT THE GOVERNMENT USE HIS POWERS TO STOP ALL THE MINING ACTIVITIES IN THE FOREST WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. HELP LETS SAVE ATEWA. GOD BLESS GHANA AND GHANAIANS AS A WHOLE "
frederick amofa agyei - Ghana
"Save the forest as an important watershed area for the sake of the water supply. "
Joel Anderson - Canada
" If you have time, please tell us what you want the government to do with Atiwa Forest Pokud máte čas, prosím, sdělte nám, co chcete, aby vláda dělat s Atiwa lesa "
Filip Laštovic - Czech Republic
"protect the forest and the rivers from damage by mining; develop a conservation strategy."
Barbara Lower - United Kingdom
"You should maintain biodiversity and develop ecotourism for the forest leaving a valuable legacy for future generations."
Alan Williams - United Kingdom
"Conserve"
Priscilla Nyadoi - Uganda
"Traditional life styles, tourism, nature education through the world's media. Sustainable industry maximum use of local people. Training Ghana people where skills not present yet. More study of the wealth of nature there now. All findings sold to world media."
Brian Jenner - United Kingdom
"i want the government to reserve the Atiwa forest and keep wildlife with the forest."
Nana Atakora-Amaniampong - Ghana
"Preserve good water for millions of people. Don't let a generation or 2 get richer at the expense of their children's and children's children's renewable heritage."
Ivan Gibson - United Kingdom
"I want to tell the Goverment to SAVE Atiwa forest NOW and in the doing Save Ghana`s Future TODAY!!"
Oranna Weber - Germany
"Use its influence towards the sustainable development of the region perhaps including the seconding of experts in this field to assist the Ghanaian Government"
Jennie Bradshaw - United Kingdom
"Une zone avec des espèces endémiques est une zone de très grande importance. Sauver la biodiversité, c'est poser la base pour un développement durable de nos populations. "
Amah AKODEWOU - Togo
"Keep it. Stop thinking short term. Imagine the sustainable tourism you could exploit."
Hannah Jones - United Kingdom
"it will be appropriate to ban mining in Atiwaforest "
Ama Aitsa - Ghana
"i dont think its right to mine a forest that supply for about 5 million people. "
Wyumuteye Emelia - Ghana
"I suggest that Atewa should be made a National Park because it can serve better purpose than the mining of bauxite. negative effects of the mining would far outweigh its benefits. "
Florence Kutin-Mensah -
"i think it would better for the government turns atiwa to a national part "
josephine moses - Ghana
"I suggest that Atewa should be made a National Park because it can serve better purpose than the mining of bauxite. negative effects of the mining would far outweigh its benefits. "
Hilda Ofori-Addo -
"I suggest that Atewa should be made a National Park because it can serve better purpose than the mining of bauxite. negative effects of the mining would far outweigh its benefits. "
Naomi Forson -
"I suggest that Atewa should be made a National Park because it can serve better purpose than the mining of bauxite. negative effects of the mining would far outweigh its benefits. "
Hawa Ibrahim -
"I suggest that Atewa should be made a National Park because it can serve better purpose than the mining of bauxite. negative effects of the mining would far outweigh its benefits. "
Patricia Bentum -
"I suggest that Atewa should be made a National Park because it can serve better purpose than the mining of bauxite. negative effects of the mining would far outweigh its benefits. "
Ruth Boateng - Nyame -
"I suggest that Atewa should be made a National Park because it can serve better purpose than the mining of bauxite. negative effects of the mining would far outweigh its benefits. "
Pamela Y. S. Buabeng -
"please save the water bodies "
ABBAN NANA YAA - Ghana
"I think it will be right if the Gvt turns atiwa in to a national park "
HAWA ALI - Ghana
"Please, Government of Ghana, please ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve. Please save Atiwa forests now. "
Julia Wilkinson - United Kingdom
" We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
annette lartey - Ghana
" We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
elizabeth acquah brace - Ghana
" We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
lawrencia andam - Ghana
" We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
sarah bokoh - Ghana
" We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
renata M. kuutiero - Ghana
" We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
henry ofori amponsah - Ghana
" We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
esthe gyan - Ghana
" We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
amponsah agyapomaa afua - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
evelyn asiedua - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
lois araba fynn - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
jennifer adusie - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
salifu nafisa - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
sumaila amina - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
karen quepson - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
steffi afiriyie manu - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
steffi afiriyie manu - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
hannah ampofo - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
parmela B.lewis - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
berko sebina baaba - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
edna abu - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
videria frimpong precious - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
saviour kodjo ameteye - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
simon kwame kwao - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
henry boateng forkuo jnr - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
Emmanuel mills - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations."
kwame owusu agyemang - Ghana
"Leave the ATIWA forest alone!!!!!!! "
Isaac Antwi - Ghana
"Please make Atiwa into a National Park and above all ban mining in the area"
Elizabeth Jackman - United Kingdom
"The Atiwa forest reserve should be bumped up to national park status to help curtail the illegal mining activities."
Osei Kwadwo Agyapon-Ntra - Ghana
"please preserve this forest,supporting valuable fauna and flora"
john champneys - United Kingdom
"Please ensure that the forest is saved to preserve it's biodiversity and ensure that the people have clean safe water to drink. make the forest a national park for the benefit of the people for ever"
Jeff Hacon - United Kingdom
"Please ban mining and manage the forest for nature conservation and eco-tourism."
Nick Hodgetts - United Kingdom
"I WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO SAVE THE ATEWA FOREST FROM BEING DESTROYED "
GIFTY ATTA-FOSU - Ghana
" MY PETITION what i would like the government of Ghana to do for the Atiwa forest is to RESERVE it as part of our natural forest not to de-forestate our Atiwa forest. Ghana have a lot of natural minning reserve's that is even not fully discovered as yet. Including Ashanti goldfields or AngolO gold mines, Ayenfuri mines, Akwetia mines, the recently discovered mines at Elmina coastal area, and you name it. It is our responsibility as well as and the Ghana goverment as whole to rectify that de- forestation have a lot of disadvantages to our climate or weather as well future generations to come. so please President John Mahama re-consider Atiwa Forest. Thank you"
lewis asante williams -
"Atewa should be made a national park and WELL publicized internationally for its rich biota to increase visits which will automatically generate HIGH revenue for development."
ISAAC ARTHUR - Ghana
"i wish the government turns the forest in to a national park."
judith osei-kumi - Ghana
"make it into a national park and be proud of it."
kevin shaw - United Kingdom
"Convert Atiwa to National Park"
Alex Agyei - Ghana
"I have been in Ghana and I know how important clean water is for the Ghanaians."
Elisabeth Scherhak - Austria
"Please, preserve the lives of the people by preserving their sources of life."
GABRIEL NII LARYEA NORTEY - United States of America
"source of clean water for about 5 million people, please lets conserve the forest"
MILICENT FRIMPOMAAH - Ghana
"look after the forest - once it is gone you will never get it back. You will only then realize how important it is to preserve, for the earths sake."
Dee Bennion - South Africa
"reserve it"
itumoh chinedu - Nigeria
"reserve it"
oku elochukwu - Nigeria
"reserve it"
olisa ijeoma - Nigeria
"reserve it"
nnandi okeke - Nigeria
"reserve it"
chika emenika - Nigeria
"reserve it"
chidera ikechukwu - Nigeria
"reserve it"
ransford buah - Ghana
"reserve it"
leticia ohenewaa - Ghana
"reserve it"
nana essel mensah - Ghana
"reserve it"
rapheal adu-poku - Ghana
"reserve it "
victor agyei - Ghana
"conserve the forest"
kofi effah kwarteng - Ghana
"conserve the forest"
haruna najaat - Ghana
"conserve atewa"
kofi amankwah - Ghana
"conserve atiwa"
barbara berko - Ghana
"conserve atiwa"
evans ntiri - Ghana
"conserve atiwa"
addo acheampong - Ghana
"conserve atiwa"
emmanuel yamoah - Ghana
"conserve atiwa"
biney david otu - Ghana
"conserve atiwa"
lawence agbodza - Ghana
"conserve the forest"
samuel tublu - Ghana
"save atewa forest"
prince ofori-darkwah - Ghana
"conserve the forest"
stephen mbiah - Ghana
"conserve the forest"
william gyasi - Ghana
"conserve the forest"
omane nana - Ghana
"conserve it"
ebenezer ocran - Ghana
"reserve it "
gloria dinkyini marfo - Ghana
"You can never get this back, once gone it's gone forever and so are all the flora and forna living there. Human greed will be the end of mankind!"
Claire Wakefield - United Kingdom
"Please make Atiwa Forest Reserve a national park. Its wildlife is clearly of global importance, and the ecosystem services it offers would seem to be vital. I had a wonderful summer visiting Ghana's forests in 1989 - I would love to come back, and Atewa Forest is where I would most like to go, to have a chance of experiencing these forests with Nimba Flycatcher and Lowland Akalat and other wonderful birds and wildlife. However, whilst the tourism value has of some economic significance, I would be moved to invest in the protection of a Atiwa Forest National Park, and rather than saving up for an air fare from the UK to Ghana, I would rather spend that money on the communities and conservation in the area. Please hear my plea, and protect Atiwa Forest."
Julian Branscombe - United Kingdom
"Please help preserving the flora and fauna of the forest so that future generations can still enjoy and marvel at the beauty of this unique piece of nature. "
Florian Carl - Ghana
"Create an alternative to generating revenue to avoid bauxite mining and let the Ghanaian population know about the bio diversity in the area for eco-tourism. "
marigold adu - Ghana
"Save! Protect! Engage! Be careful! Act! Don't wait _ might be too late, soon."
Leonor Hernandez - Switzerland
"Save the Atewa forest, the biodiversity and the people living there! Moreover the mining of bauxit is very dangerous and could lead to a disaster like the red mud disaster 2010 In Ungarn."
Yaw Pajonk - Germany
"Please classify Atiwa Forest Reserve as a National Park and with the help of national and international NGOs, a biological and ecological research resource. We need to preserve what remains of the rainforest and educate ourselves on their importance. How are we going to do that when they all disappear?"
Emmanuelle Occansey - Ghana
"Ghana should protect its major natural resource, main water catchment in South East Ghana and major biodiversity hotspot of the Guinean forest, by declaring a new National Park and reject mining development"
jeremie goulevitch - France
"conserve the forest and protect what God has given the country.shouldn't allow mining to take place in at forest."
Eric Opoku - Ghana
"Atiwa symbolizes all that we hold dear and our last trump card for saving other forest reserves in Ghana. Lets join efforts to save Atiwa now! "
Emmanuel Akom - Ghana
"Please ban mining from the Atiwa forest reserve. Besides of being important for biodiversity, it provides millions of Ghanan people with fresh water, a source of health and peace for the future."
Marc Tailly - Belgium
"Please save Atewa forest!"
Eric Thomassen - Netherlands
"To the authorities in Atiwa-district. Please save the wood in the Atiwa-district. It gives fresh water for millions of Ghanaian people. It is necessary for genetic diversity and will bring you - not in the moment, but in future times - money income as touristic attraction. "
Erich Greve - Germany
"save the forest , we need to breath , keep nature alive for health of all species…including us ..thank you"
brigitte belliardo - Ghana
"To conserve it ! "
Sonia Goicoechea - Ghana
"Fresh healthy water, wildlife, soil, and the livelihood of the local people are more important than mining, money and temporary jobs. Leave the forest be! "
Megan Lindsay - Canada
"I think the government should keep the forest as it is.Turning it into a mining area would not be of any benefit to those at the grass root region."
Prisca Olutayo-Irheren - Nigeria
"Please do not endanger your valuable creatures or even worse your people by denying them clean water. Ban the mining and make a National Park for this and future generations to enjoy"
Valerie Bogle - Great Britain
"turn the forest in to a national park"
nartey jonathan - Ghana
"save atiwa forest NOW"
ABASS AMOAKO - Ghana
"i plead with the government to make atiwa a national park"
ROBERT FOSU GYAMFI - Ghana
"please lets conserve the place the future generation"
BAAFOUR AWUAH MICHAEL - Ghana
"atiwa must be saved "
KPORNYO C0URAGE - Ghana
"Strict protection"
Josephine Antwi - United States of America
"You will consider this if you live in Accra. Species may be reintroduced but the land can never to returned to its original state."
Glen Asomaning - Ghana
"Sustainable forestry!"
Wouter Meijboom - Netherlands
"save atiwa save ghana"
ANGELA AGYEI AGYEIWAA - Ghana
"is beter to save the forest than to mine it "
CLEMENT TECHIE - Ghana
"save the forest, save the people"
JACSON DOE MENSAH - Ghana
"please lets save the forest and the people as well"
PATRICIA SARPONG - Ghana
"I really, strongly think that this reserve should be protected from mining. As well as the fact that the reserve is a national treasure, of value to the whole world, there is the fact that it is so important for so many Ghanaians. Obviously the economy is important and mining is important to the economy, but this is Ghana's opportunity to be a world leader in responsible leadership and in providing for this, and future generations in a responsible way."
David Williams - United Kingdom
"I would wish that, the government would talk into consideration the people who depend on the rivers around the forest and also the animals who have their habitats in the forest."
Nyarko Christa - Ghana
"I would wish that, the government would talk into consideration the people who depend on the rivers around the forest and also the animals who have their habitats in the forest."
Yeboah Abigail - Ghana
"I would wish that, the government would talk into consideration the people who depend on the rivers around the forest and also the animals who have their habitats in the forest."
boadu agyemang - Ghana
"I would wish that, the government would talk into consideration the people who depend on the rivers around the forest and also the animals who have their habitats in the forest."
Amissah Regina - Ghana
"I would wish that, the government would talk into consideration the people who depend on the rivers around the forest and also the animals who have their habitats in the forest."
kwadwo Nketiah - Ghana
"I would wish that, the government would talk into consideration the people who depend on the rivers around the forest and also the animals who have their habitats in the forest."
AKUOKO RICHARD - Ghana
"I would wish that, the government would talk into consideration the people who depend on the rivers around the forest and also the animals who have their habitats in the forest."
AKUOKO RICHARD - Ghana
"I would wish that, the government would talk into consideration the people who depend on the rivers around the forest and also the animals who have their habitats in the forest."
Adjei Eugene - Ghana
"I would wish that, the government would talk into consideration the people who depend on the rivers around the forest and also the animals who have their habitats in the forest."
Daniel Danso - Ghana
"I would wish that, the government would talk into consideration the people who depend on the rivers around the forest and also the animals who have their habitats in the forest."
Nketiah Michael - Ghana
"I would wish that, the government would talk into consideration the people who depend on the rivers around the forest and also the animals who have their habitats in the forest."
Godswill Kwashie - Ghana
"save atiwa for tommorrow"
linda asamoah - Ghana
"defend the defenceless creatures. never ever even think of destroying this wonderful habitat"
TAWIA; KOFISTEPHEN - Ghana
"Nature is relevant. Short term gains should not be replaced with a lifetime of heritage."
James Selormey - Ghana
"due to the numerous long term ecological(especially, sequestration of carbon)and economic benefits provided by the forest as compared to the short term benefit gained as we alter the forest, i strongly suggest the forest should be reserved. "
ahunoabobirim bosompem agya - Ghana
"government should help us conserve atiwa forest."
Josephine Afagachie - Ghana
"make it national park like kakum"
jennifer awuah - Ghana
"Shall we destroy the things of tomorrow today?"
Emmanuel Amoah - Ghana
"The government must ban mining in the Atiwa Forest"
FITZGERALD ODONKOR - Ghana
"I would like to call strongly on the government of Ghana to safe the Atiwa Forest Reserve. As a tropical ecologist, I lived for 6 months in Ghana and saw the beauty and the uniqueness of Ghana's ecology. At the same time I saw the massive destruction. Love your country and don't destroy the last remenants of this unique ecosystem."
Jan Veen - Netherlands
"It is so sad that we are raping our country of its Forest Reserves without thinking about the future generations. Our Government must have the courage and love for our country and its people to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve and other Forest Reserves in our dear country."
Robert Aboagye-Mensah - Ghana
"Save Atiwa forests! The future will be better with a good decision in the present!"
Amanda Silva - Brazil
"Please conserve our diminishing environmental quality."
Rod Green - United Kingdom
"Please consider the rights of nature! Though mining would bring short term income, if nature is distressed she cannot support life as well."
Rebecca Townsend - United States of America
"Please save this beautiful forest for future generations"
Graham Prescott - United Kingdom
"The ecosystems of Atiwa are unique in many ways with species existing there that are not found anywhere else in Ghana. Mining Atiwa for short term profit will be an ecological disaster for future generations!"
Oskar Brattstrom - United Kingdom
"understand how the plants and animals of this forest can benefit the people of Ghana without destroying them"
Julian Bayliss - United Kingdom
"Ghana has so few biodiversity remaining and only in limited number of its forests reserves or national parks. Don't sell out those important richnesses (fauna, flora, clean water) for short term profit!"
Sylvain Gatti - France
"It is important to keep this forest for the ecosystem services that it provides millions of people. "
Jessica Walsh - United Kingdom
"Leave it for yourself and for future generations to enjoy and use as a long term value. "
Joanthan Forsythe - Ireland
"Please save this unique rain forest for further generations!"
Lilo Horsch - Germany
"Please don't destroy this unique precious natural forest but keep it for further generations!"
Lilo Horsch - Germany
"I would like the goverenment to ask A Rocha to manage it sustainably for the benefit of people and environment."
Owen Barton - United Kingdom
"I urge the government to ban mining in the Atiwa Forest Reserve as to ensure a better future for us all. "
Garrett Blad - United States of America
"I hope that you will be able to see the beauty and true value of this place, and conserve it for future generations. Thank you!"
Martin Tiller - United Kingdom
"We could actually turn it into a tourist attraction, a national park with camping facilities and all. Not all minerals found are meant to be mined. And trust me the bulk of the supposed jobs that will be created will go to people who dont come from that area at all. It happens every where! "
Margaret Anas - Ghana
"Please don't destroy this forest also."
Solomon Osei - Ghana
"save that forest oooo"
ZICO NEWTON - Ghana
"Preserve the Taiwan forest"
Kwame Karikari - United States of America
"Due to its global importance as a biodiversity hotspot and local importance as a source of clean water for Ghanaian people, I ask the Government of Ghana to save Atiwa forests from mining and consequently degradation! "
Claudia Wagner de Castro - Brazil
"Please conserve its life and beauty."
Katie Breneol - Canada
"Conserve it as a biodiversity hotspot"
Daniel Koomson - Ghana
"Please consider the legacy of clean water and flora and fauna unique to your beautiful country which reside in Atiwa Forest Reserve. Some creative thinking will preserve these gems for all Ghanaians for generations to come and you will not be sorry, but proud to have done the wise and difficult thing. "
Michelle-Marie Scott - United States of America
"land to become National Park"
Anderson Howington - United States of America
"It should be turned into a National Park."
Michelle Haag - United States of America
"I heard this expression when I lived in Ghana - "Water is life". Please save this area, it is part of your natural heritage and it supports a wealth of life both people, plants and animals. It will also provide for many in the years to come. "
Robert Marshall - United Kingdom
"Please provide the citizens with safe clean drinking water rather than a dirty toxic resource."
Laurie Horning - United States of America
"Preserve and sustainably manage the forest in order to contribute to climate change mitigation!"
Benjamin Lilley - United States of America
"Preserve the forest!"
Sara Mitsinikos -
"Please preserve the forest, it is a gift that serves better intact."
Tara Escudero - United States of America
"Please make the Atiwa Forrest a National Nature Reserve."
Anna Kruseman - Netherlands
"I respectfully request that you ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve and make it a National Park to protect drinking water for Ghanaians as well as preserve it for future generations."
Mary Crickmore - Mali
"Atiwa Forest is too important for Ghana and whole Africa. You really need To protect It. Ban mining in the Atiwa forest! "
Marco Porciani - Italy
"Preserve the site and upgrade to tourism center. The Beauty of nature and its unique component can not be traded for short term selfish gains. As the psalmist say in the Holy Bible; Let the People Praise thee Oh God, let the people praise, and all that have life (this include every living thing folks, so just as our praise maters to God so does the praise of other living things maters to God. Please lets not stop them so that they can always exist and praise our GOD who created the world. "SAVE ATIWA, SAVE OUR SPECIES, PRAISE GOD"."
ofori stephen - Ghana
"The 9 years I spent teaching in Ghana were happy years, and I am glad to see how the country is developing. Please do not destroy an important natural resource for short term gain. "
Richard Riggs - United Kingdom
"save our rich reserve (Atiwa). please government..."
Nana Abankwah Richard Owusu Mensah - Ghana
"This amazing forest reserve should be protected as a national park."
Weston Sechrest -
"save"
maria gaspar - Portugal
"beautiful forest!"
KD Dijkstra - Netherlands
"Cutting down rainforest for any reason whatever is unwise at this moment of Earth's collapsing climate systems."
Allen Goddard -
"Please help fulfill our duty to protect the earth. "
Samantha Du - United States of America
"Please dont follow suit and destroy our environment for the sake of making a few rich men even richer"
roger Robinson - United Kingdom
"Hello!! I think that best option its a Natural Park, protected by the Ghana Goverment. Thank you."
Begoña Marin - Spain
"I would like to see the Government of Ghana provide the protection the area deserves and to upgrade the Atiwa Range Forest Reserve to a national park, supporting the site for the protection of the biodiversity and ecosystem services of the local communities."
Chris Jameson - United States of America
"Mining is a short term income...lets reserve our forest and water bodies for the greatness of our dear nation"
Seth Bright - Ghana
"Ghana has so few forests left, protecting them now will pay off later! Future generations will be very gratefull!"
Christiaan van der Hoeven - Netherlands
"My views are just simple. If government cannot improve the forest's, then they should work hard to at least maintain its state as it is now."
Samuel Boateng Arthur - Ghana
"Please I plead with you to stop mining in the forest and make the forest a national park for future generations Paul Hemes"
Paul Hemes - Switzerland
"No mining in Atiwa Forest!!!"
Anna Sonntag -
"Protecting Atiwa as a National Park will have long term economic, social and environmental benefits that far outweigh mining which has short term economic benefits and long term negative impact on the environment and the people's health. Please protect Atiwa!"
Steve Kroeker - Canada
"Please recognise the ecological importance of Atiwa Forest Reserve to the local people and the country at large. Designate Atiwa as a National Park to ensure that there is sustainability in managing its water resources for the people. "
Shai Kroeker - Canada
"Please preserve the Atiwa Forest Reserve as a national park, so it will be there to benefit Ghanaian citizens, now and in the future. This is a priceless ecosystem, and could be a great eco-tourism attraction."
Cynthia Myers - United States of America
"Pls ban mining in Atiwa Forest reserve and make it a National Park."
Sharon Quek - Singapore
"Atiwa National Reserve should be designated as a park for its (more) protection, the continuous provision of clean water and conservation of associated biodiversity that depend on it. The forest would be destroyed if mining is allowed "
Paul Webala -
"Please save this forest because short term greed doesn't make up for the loss of clean water! Beauty and clean air."
Jeri La Shay - United States of America
"I want the government of Ghana to help conserve the Atiwa Forest into a conservation site where people could come over to study the different plants and animal species in that forest and also use it to promote tourism for Ghana. We can do better with our natural resources in Ghana because some countries haven't got resources like Ghana but still they are known to do better with the little they have. Government of Ghana we are counting on your support. "
Linda Dsane - Ghana
"MR. PRESIDENT IN THE NAME OF WHAT YOU HOLD DEAR PLEASE DON'T LET THEM MINE THAT AREA"
Samuel Taylor - Ghana
"i want the government to turn Atewa to a national park"
Emmanuel Amoako - Ghana
"Don't destroy yet another precious forest for short-term gain and greed. Save it because you can and the rewards will last forever."
Richard Gibson - New Zealand
"Protecting important natural resources, such as the exceptional biodiversity and associated ecological services of Atiwa Forest Reserve, should be a central part of land use planning for promoting healthy and sustainable livelihoods"
Cole Burton - Canada
"I hope the government of Ghana will see the lasting benefits of designating and maintaining Atiwa as a National Park. The long-term benefits, in terms of clean drinking water, far outweigh the short-term gains of mining."
Cullen Geiselman - United States of America
"Make Atiwa Forest a National Park, no mining allowed. The diversity and water-supply for so many people should not be risked for this mining, which will only produce a short-term income, but will destroy much more. "
Lisa Nooij - Netherlands
"Protection and valorisation through respectfull ecotourism"
René Gfeller - Switzerland
"Please, Mr. President, save the Atiwa Forest Reserve!"
Carolin Meyer -
"The importance of biodiversity and protected lands cannot be undervalued. The preservation of these areas is vital to the perseverance of human culture and the discovery of novel materials of great value to humankind. "
Kyle Kandilian - United States of America
"Government of Ghana, please do not destroy our important, rich and resourceful natural heritage."
Eric Ntiri -
"Recognize that this pristine forest is far more valuable undisturbed than destroyed. May wisdom guide the hand of those who can protect it."
NANCY HAAST - Republic of Montenegro
"Protect it from mining companies of any sorr"
Rebecca Tanner - Australia
"Please preserve this natural treasure forever."
James Hendricks - United States of America
"Dear Government of Ghana, Think about the legacy and responsibility you have for your people please. Short term profits will not feed your people in the long term. Thank you."
David Britton - Australia
"Leave it as a forest reserve"
Henry Akongbota - Ghana
"Please make Atiwa a National Park."
Derek Sikes - United States of America
"Atiwa Forest is far too valuable a resource to squander for the short-term profits of mining. "
Alex Wild - United States of America
"Opting to mine Atiwa Range Forest Reserve will have gave consequences on the lives of Ghanaians and the economy. We would have destroyed the potential of the reserve to provide; 1. ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people 2. income in perpetuity through tourism. NOTE that in the future Ghana will spend more than we earned from mining to provide water."
Josiah Aduko - Ghana
"Please, stop all industrial activities around and in the forest and save the forest for our children and future generations !!! "
Martin Hauskrecht - Slovakia
"It is simply and obvious. Ativa Forest should be turned into National Park. It is a trasure and miracle. And gift, with great science and touristic potential. "
Marcin Szmel - Poland
"For the future of all creatures who share this earth, we must make a change in how we see natural resources. Natural resources are for all, not just humans. Wise use, not unlimited use is imperative."
Melissa Sikes - United States of America
"Preserve and protect the forest in its natural condition "
Ryan Shaw -
"Please turn Atiwa into a national park!"
Jennifer Guyton - United States of America
"I would like the government to retain Atiwa Forest as a critically important forest for catchment and ecological services delivery, and biodiversity conservation."
Peter Goodman - South Africa
"Save this treasure from development. It will be a source of pride and eco-tourism for Ghana."
Sam Crothers - United States of America
"When the people suffer, nature suffers as well. Preserving these lands will save millions of lives. "
Cassie Novak - United States of America
"Save the forest, there is little left of this planet from us greedy humans...leave it be."
marianne woods - United States of America
"Atewa represents a unique, highly threatened African habitat, rich in rare, often endemic organisms. It is likely a Pleistocene refugium of biodiversity and deserves the highest level of protection. Atewa has a high potential to become a popular ecotourism destination, providing jobs and stimulating economy for the surrounding communities. Every effort must be made to protect this jewel of Ghanaian biodiversity."
Piotr Naskrecki - United States of America
"Please make Atiwa a national park to save the watershed."
Margaret Lunnum - United States of America
"Please check the Chiefs around there they are the cause of depletion. I am from the area so I know what I am saying."
Gyimah Samuel - Ghana
"Please make this forest a national park and protect it for ever . it has amazing wildlife which can also generate more tourism and give income to local people "
anthony baker - United Kingdom
"please don't take short term gain for long term disaster to this wonderful ecosystem"
sylvia bevis - United Kingdom
"Save the forest, make it a national park to protect the environment and boost tourism income."
Wendy White - South Africa
"The saying that when the last tree dies, man dies too, must not be overlook. Humanity, life for that matter needs the forest to complete nature’s intent. So let protect the forest to make life worth living!, We owe it to our children, and God!!!"
Teddy Sabutey - Ghana
"i strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve."
FRANCIS ASAMOAH - Ghana
"save atiwa forest to help save the lives around"
samuel abroquah - Ghana
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations. We ask the Government of Ghana to save Atiwa forests now and in so doing Save Ghana’s Future today!"
Sofia Monteiro - Portugal
"Please preserve this forest! And work with the communities who live there, and live off of the forest, in an ecologically friendly manner. This means not mining! There are so many other ways that this can be done. Thank you for listening!"
Sarah Walker - United Kingdom
"Just stop the mad mining drive. Take a look at the place on google and you will weep. Illegal artisanal gold mining is rife, and the rest of the land is parcelled out to gold mining companies. River Birim is thicker than chocolate. It seems the government and traditional rulers do not think at all."
Michael Abedi-Lartey - Ghana
"Protected from commercial enterprise. Keep as wildlife reserve."
Linda Swankie - United Kingdom
"Work with local communities and organisations to explore sustainable ways of making an income from the forest"
Gill Brown -
"Make Atiwa a National Park and protect the watershed and other ecosystem services for current and future generations"
Anne Pritchard - United Kingdom
"to conserve the diverse life of fauna and floral species "
Emmanul Ntim-Ankomah - Ghana
"When a country loses its biodiversity its usually gone forever. I urge government mnisters to find a way to protect the biodiversity of the Atiwa Forest Reserve. Best wishes Tim Ross"
Tim Ross - United Kingdom
"Once Atiwa forest is depleted, water resources which feeds the Weija Dam will also deplete, meaning less water for over 6million Urban Accra dwellers. Lets Save Atiwa Now."
Prince Osei-Akyeampong - Ghana
"I would like the government to turn this forest in a matinal park. Tourists could visit it and this way there is long-term income for the country"
constança carvalho - Portugal
"for me i want ATIWA Reserve to become a Word Patrimony:Biosphere Reserve of ITAWA."
kounga marius parfait - Cameroon
"Dear Sirs/Mesdames Please consider other opportunities that your beautiful and rare Atiwa Forest Reserve may provide financially for Ghana: to strengthen and promote tourism would be a massive benefit in so many ways, and if carefully managed, will not disrupt or damage the sensitive balance of it's ecosystem. In the UK we know to our cost how badly our nation has been irreparably and detrimentally affected by the deforestation, and short-sighted attempts at income provision. Please, while you have such a marvellous and wondrous gift, and it's yours to preserve and care for, is the Atiwa Forest Reserve. I leave this in yours and most importantly, God's hands. With every blessing, and much prayer, Allison Bennett"
Allison Bennett - United Kingdom
"A long term benefit will only come to the people of Atiwa and Ghana if Atiwa forest reserve is turned into a national park. Action now!!!!"
Daniel Folley - United States of America
"CONSERVE PROTECT AND SUSTAIN IT"
Portia Addo-Okyireh - Ghana
"Please think of the long-term effects of Mining on the community. The ecological services which the forest provides are far more irreplaceable and valuable than a mine! "
Ryan McKernan - Canada
"Please ensure that the mining companies clear up any degradation of the land they have caused, and ban any future mining."
Moira Monteith - United Kingdom
"Respond to Ghanian citizens call to protect Ghana's water supply: protect the Atiwa Forest Reserve with legislation and enforcement. "
Grainne Ryder - Canada
"conserve the resources"
margret asamoah-serwaa - Ghana
"provide an alternative livelihood for the people around atiwa forest"
ekow bentum manful - Ghana
"Conserve it for future generations"
Abrokwah Evans Twum - Ghana
"Preserve the forest and you'll preserve the future of a nation!!!!"
Isabel Soares - Portugal
"we don't want global warming eating us all up before the world ends."
Francis Agyapong - Canada
"The government and policy makers only look at short term of raising revenue rather than relying on the long term. Leaving this forest intact to keep the balance in the ecosystem is of more beneficial than mining the forest. We may consider it a tourist site instead, as well as maintaining the reserve for the next generations."
Clement Simpiney - Ghana
"Intact indigenous forests are crucial to the health of the overall environment and in turn to the survival of local communities. They also contribute significantly to the economy of a country, not when cut down and destroyed, but through critical ecosystem services such as providing water, clean air and a rich diversity of wildlife and flora. Underlying all this, forests are part of God's creation and He has given us the responsibility to care for and not destroy it."
Colin Jackson - Kenya
"Atiwa is home to species found nowhere else in the world, such as the Atewa Dotted Border butterfly. Please protect them."
Ben Phalan - United Kingdom
"our wildlife is more precious than gold!!!!"
nana asare bediako - Ghana
"This is one of the last forests in Ghana so please let it be"
Nana Gyasi - Ghana
"The government should leave the forest as it is. It seems they want God's anger to come upon them. If that is what they really want, I advice they look elsewhere and leave the forest reserve alone."
Alice Ebeheakey - Ghana
"The forest reserve should be gazetted as a National Park since benefits yielded by so doing will be long term and not short term."
Alberta Ebeheakey - Ghana
"stop it and arrest punish all defaulted stakeholder(s)"
Kweku Michael Commeh - Ghana
"Create a world class Eco tourism site. It will generate more revenue than the current activities"
John Amuah - Ghana
"the government should make Atiwa a National Park."
Mariam Opoku-Okrah - Ghana
"We ask the Government of Ghana to save Atiwa forests now and in so doing Save Ghana’s Future today! "
Malcolm White - France
"Save Atiwa forests as a National Park and secure it against future plans of turning this unique ecosystem into a mine pit, so it can continue to provide its life supporting functions of water provision and habitat for biodiversity."
Bert van der Woerd - Netherlands
"The Atiwa Forest must remain an intangible natural park without any industrial activity such as mining, roads, hydroelectric plants or deforestation. The Atiwa forest is a treasure, keep it intact!!"
Steve Tanner - Switzerland
"Save it in its entirity - it is unique. Once damaged it will be gone. It is one of a pack of cards which makes up this world, so please don't remove it."
Alison Foyster - United Kingdom
"I request that the Government ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve. Mining would forever degrade or destroy the ecosystem services, such as water for millions of people. Please make Atiwa a National Park so it would benefit present and future generations."
Nadene Bunge - United States of America
"Please ban mining in the Atiwa Forest Reserve, think about the long-term needs of the people and the forest and make it a National park. Thank you."
Tom Rowley - United States of America
"Please stop destroying this valuable forest and protect it for future generations of wildlife and people, thank you."
Kay Haw - United Kingdom
"Ban mining in the forest reserve and protect the land and it's source of clean water for future generations."
MARGARET PENNINGTON - United Kingdom
"Please save the forest for the good of the children of your country and the world. You cannot sell the children's future for short-term gain! "
Eleanor (Kate) Richardson - South Africa
"save atiwa for future generation"
iddrisu hafiz - Ghana
"nature is life and money cannot replace life.lets protect atiwa for present and posterity."
jeffrey nyame - Ghana
"Gazette Atiwa as a National Park and ban the prospecting for mineral in the park"
adewale adeleke - Nigeria
"You can't eat or drink mining dollars, maybe we should realise that rainforest is more important than a quick buck "
aart lastdrager - United Kingdom
"Please ban the mining activity in Atiwa Forest Reserve "
Mohammed Kasso Geda - Ethiopia
"government should save the atiwa forest for now and future enormous benefits."
samuel tutu agyemang - Ghana
"it will be more better to use the forest as a national park for long time benefit and save more animals that are also in the forest to save conservation strategy"
Abbas Babayo - Nigeria
"to conserve our natural resources save Atiwa forest "
HOPE AGBEWOLEY - Ghana
"atiwa should be made a forest reserve"
samuel amaning - Ghana
"atiwa should made a forest reserve to help keep the wild species there."
EUNICE ADUM-ATTA - Ghana
"Lets all help save our forests.its heartbreaking seeing our natural resources destroyed by greedy people thinking only of themselves"
Harriet Yeboah - Ghana
"Atiwa is biologically unique. This has been shown by the research of G. W. Lawson, John Hall, and M. D. Swaine in the 1970s and 80s and in many subsequent surveys and Rapid Assessments in the area. Mining creates short-term wealth for a few and mostly for companies residing outside of Ghana. A forest reserve or national park is natural heritage preserved for all people of Ghana to enjoy and to be proud of forever. "
Jan Decher - Germany
"The government will ask people and ecologist before doing anything in this forets "
AHMIM Mourad - Algeria
"Please protect the forest so that people and creatures and plant life may benefit for generations to come. "
Patricia Bunge - United States of America
"I WILL PLEAD WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF GHANA TO ALLOW THE ATIWA RESERVE TO BE CONVERTED INTO A NATIONAL PARK. THIS IS DUE TO THE FACT THAT ATIWA HOUSES A VARIETY OF SPECIES OF BOTH FLORA AND FAUNA. AS SUCH IT HAS TO BE MANAGED SUSTAINABLY TO MAINTAIN ITS RICH BIODIVERSITY."
JUSTINA AKWEH - Ghana
"I urge you, most respectfully, to conserve the Atiwa Forest Reserve for the short and long-term benefits for the people and wildlife of your beautiful country Ghana."
Esther Pawley - United Kingdom
"Atiwa contains priceless resources. The government should convert it to National Park to help protect this valuable asset"
Emmanuel Amoah - Ghana
"Conserving forests and water towers is an urgent priority in developing countries where people do and will rely on these resources in the future. Mining can wait!"
Geoffroy MAUVAIS - Kenya
"Doń´t destroy these forest our children will need it in the future to live !!!!"
Franziska Kaguembega - Burkina Faso
"Please make Atiwa a National Park, to preserve its biodiversity and usefulness for water supplies. Thank you."
Tom Hardiment - United Kingdom
"Account for extractive commodity endowments as a long term, plan B, and promote investment in Ghana's human resources and tourism, for the short term. Leverage the Internet, and the English language to pursue globalisation's agenda for greater efficiency through reduced inequality of opportunity in labour markets. "
Harry Evelegh - United Kingdom
"Atiwa Forests should be saved for in so doing will save and nurture Ghana's future. "
Hannah Suggitt -
"save atiwa...... save ghana"
ELIZABETH TAWIAH - Ghana
"please conserve the forest resource to save the people "
boateng rita pokuaa - Ghana
"save atiwa"
MARY ASIPUNU DZIEDZORM -
"Please save the Atiwa forest from mining. It is the Jewel of Ghana, more priceless than profits from mining. Many thanks"
Gabrielle Barker - Great Britain
"so as to protect the pristine nature of the forest "
deborah appiah danquah - Ghana
"Please preserve the Atiwa Forest Reserve "
Reinhard Behrend - Germany
"Ecotourism, following the pattern of Costa Rica, in Central America."
Glen Carlson - Canada
"For the purpose of sustaining basic natural human resources,government should lay down effective foundations to conserve the Atiwa forest. "
Mary Obeng-Atiemo - Ghana
"Please do not allow mining in what is such an important area for both wildlife and providing a source of clean water."
Matt Johnson - United Kingdom
"Protect the forest and allow 5 million Ghanaians to continue using it as a source for water. We in the west must also bear responsibility for providing short term income for Ghana at the cost of destroying this vital part of the planet."
Alec Sibbald - Finland
"Maintain ecological integrity for continued provision with ecosystem services, particularly water supply and benefits from biodiversity. Create alternative incomes without mining from sustainable use of forest products and ecotourism. Evaluate potential for REDD+ projects."
Natalie Weber - Germany
"West Africa's forests are disappearing rapidly. They are important for people and nature. More important than minerals and money. Must Ghana really go down the same sad road as many other African nations?"
Jamie Carr - United Kingdom
"I have spent time working in the beautiful country of Ghana. Please help ensure that this forest is preserved and your citizens can access clean water. "
Amanda Harvanek - United States of America
"I am writing to ask the Ghanian government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve. The reasons are numerous, but most importantly, the financial costs of environmental degradation will be beyond the revenue generated. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as clean freshwater for millions of people. Atiwa needs better protection from exploitative industries."
L.R. Baker - United States of America
"Please take appropriate and adequate legal action to protect the integrity of the forest."
Brittany Blizzard - United States of America
"Please listen seriously to the case put by ecological agencies, particularly A Rocha Ghana, and work with them to find non-destructive ways of using the forest resources for the good of your country. May God bless you and give you wisdom as you review your plans."
Anna Hopkins - United Kingdom
"Atiwa cries out loud; "Save Me, Save Me""
Godwin Evenyo Dzekoto - Ghana
"preserve the forest"
Adonteng Boaheng Christian - Ghana
"Forest Reserves like Atiwa are insurances for future clean water, healthy people and healthy ecosystems. The direct economics benefits of mining will never compensate the losses of ecosystems services if Atiwa is not protected. Mining should be banned, or small-scale mining under very rigorours controls considred as the last resort. "
Jorgelina Marino - United Kingdom
"Please use Atiwa forest for the good of people and wildlife and not for harm to them."
Maureen Morris - United Kingdom
"Please protect this valuable source of water, life and biodiversity. It hosts many opportunities for wise use that can eventually exceed the benefits of mining! Our planet and our children deserve it to be preserved. Thank you!"
nico beunders - Ghana
"Protect for its remarkable biological diversity and for the ecosystem services that it provides the citizens of Ghana. Ghana is the most tourist-friendly country in West Africa and this forest, if well managed, could be one more place that tourists from abroad visit in Ghana. "
John Mull - United States of America
"Do not make that our sons remember us for wrong decisions like don't use the water resources efficiently."
Xavier Pedrol - Spain
"conserve the forest"
frank agyei - Ghana
"The forests are the inheritance of Ghana's children. It ensures they have a future of clean water and a healthy environment. You can secure their future by creating a national park."
Lisa Goddard - United Kingdom
"Please leave the Atiwa forest alone. It is our only hope for survivsl. Remember 'when the last tree dies, the lastman dies'"
Abena ADUBEA - Ghana
"As a professor of Environmental Science I'm aware of the impompatibity of clean water from watersheds and most mining. Without many strong regulations and much enforcement the waters may be ruined, and for many years. please do reconsider. respectfully Dr. Mark McReynolds "
Mark McReynolds - United States of America
"Anything other than exploitative as mining. "
Kwame Owusu-Daaku - Ghana
"Atiwa Range FR should not be exploited for achieving short-sighted visions of economic development.By overlooking its ecosystem, livelihood and heritage values and auctioning it to mining companies the government is putting ecosystems and livelihoods at risk. Atiwa should be given the highest protection status and saved as an asset, critical for Ghana's present and future.."
M Baruah - United States of America
"Please please let's save Atiwa by making it a National Park. This is not just a name change (e.g JSS to JHS) but more importantly a change in natural resource management strategy. The success story of Kakum NP is so glaring to us all. It is not too late to SAVE Atiwa. "
Kwaku Aduse-Poku - United Kingdom
"President, Society for Conservation Biology "
Paul Beier - United States of America
"The local people are the number one custodian of the forest, Let use them first especially the chief and the youth. "
Edward Ankugah - Ghana
"Please Our Dear Mother Ghana Government,we know we need revenue for development, but please let us consider Nature first. No Nature no Life! Development is to make Man enjoy life and if no Man what about development. Please save Atiwa Forest. Thanks."
Braimah James - Ghana
"declare it a reserve"
steven saaga - Ghana
"a national park managed by the wildlife divivsion"
kwabena Even-haazer - Ghana
"atiwa should turned into a national park because of its vast biodiversity. our future comes into danger if we continue to destroy nature. lets be generational thinkers."
Anthony Aliebe - Ghana
"United Kingdom"
Guy Beauchamp - United Kingdom
"I am pleading with the government to consider the people who depend on the Atiwa range for sustenance. also, the government should not look at the short-term benefits in the expense of the long-term non material benefits which the atiwa range provides and for a fact which is difficult to estimate. thanks!"
Hammond Nii Agoe - Ghana
"saving the atiwa forest will save human lives"
ADUBOFFOUR JOHN - Ghana
"please save forest and save lives"
YEBOAH SANDRA - Ghana
"I hope for my children and their children to share this world with your offspring:)"
Kevin Chow - Singapore
"Atiwa Forest Reserve provides essential services to Ghanaians- human and the ecosystem. Please don't be short sighted- keep your forests standing for future generations. The wealth you will make from mining will not replace the wealth lost in that forest. "
Francesca de Gasparis - United Kingdom
"Please its better to save our rain forest because it will serve as tourist attraction"
JENNIFER BOATENG - Ghana
"please help save atiwa for long term benefits"
EPHRAIM NII OFEI DARKU - Ghana
"for a better future"
SAAKA RAMATU - Ghana
"it is a nice idea to save atiwa forest; it can help ghana to get foreign through tourism"
JUSTINA MAMLE NARH - Ghana
"so as to help curb global warming"
SUSANA TII - Ghana
"please help conserve atiwa "
ABIGAIL KONAMAH-YEBOAH - Ghana
"atewa forest should be change into a national park in order to protectthe rich biodiversity it has "
Nyampong Daviid - Ghana
"Please ban mining in Atiwa and instead encourage programmes which will ensure the long-term health of the forest and surrounding communities. Assist the local people in means to protect the forest and rivers on which they depend and to learn how to harvest forest resources in more sustainable ways. Create a National Park for the pride of your country, and thus the benefit of the world."
Kirstin Johnson - Canada
"Please make it a National Park"
Kees van Reenen - Netherlands
"Preserve it for Eco tourism "
Jackie Coppard - United States of America
"It will be very great if the government of ghana makes the Atiwa a national park which will help the country to earn a long term foreign exchange through tourism."
RICHARD KOFI DAWUNI - Ghana
"Convert it to a national forest Park for nature and wildlife tourist "
Patience Turyareeba - Uganda
"We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations. We ask the Government of Ghana to save Atiwa forests now and in so doing Save Ghana’s Future today!"
Susan Pereira - Canada
"Keep the Forest as a Forest! To stop mining in the Forest Reserve. Protect it as a clean water source for Ghanaians."
Queenie Hewitt - Canada
"Ensure that proper biodiversity surveys are carried out over many years & involve people in the area with sustainable projects. Thxs. God Bless."
Andy Elliott - United Kingdom
"Ban mining, save the forest."
Chris Magin - United Kingdom
"Please save this important forest ! "
Nathan Horrenberger - France
"make policies that will ensure a sustainable way of saving Atiwa forest.imagine all the biodiversity that will be gone forever like te DODO. PLEASE CONSERVE ATIWA FOR POSTERITY. KOKI"
jairus koki - Kenya
"there are other places for bauxite mining but nowhere else for the unique wildlife you have in your care"
JEAN BINNIE - United Kingdom
"please set up a national park and guard the lives of the animals and flora and fauna living there"
JAMES BINNIE - United Kingdom
"Please ban mining in the Atiwa Forest Reserve. Make it into a National Park, and protect the forest and the watershed for the future."
Holly Faithfull - United Kingdom
"we want to take the power back- Nature"
Leo Riera - Costa Rica
"Please consider asking both the citizenry of Ghana and leaders in ecology for suggestions on how to preserve the Atiwa Forest AND stimulate long term economic benefits from doing so. Consider carefully as it can never be replaced."
Ingrid Hanson-Popp - United States of America
"Develop birding ecotourism in the region. "
Leon Marais - South Africa
"Atiwa is one of Ghana's last remaining ridge forests and it supports numerous special and endangered birds such as Nimba Flycatcher which is not found anywhere else in Ghana. This forest should be protected and will be a valuable watershed and ecotourism resource."
Adam Riley - South Africa
"there is so little left of this valuable habitat and the amazing diversity of life it contains. Don't destroy it by mining for a few short term gains, for even fewer."
Malcolm Wilson - South Africa
"Please could you consider creating a National Park to help to preserve the diversity of life there at the moment and ensure it is there for forth coming generations"
Ingrid Morelli - United Kingdom
"TO SAFE THE FOREST, IN ORDER TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE HABITAT FOR GENERATIONJS TO COME. TO ALSO PRESERVE THE BALANCE OF OXYGEN AND CARBON."
edwyn kiptinness - Kenya
"Please prioritise the immediate social and environmental benefits Atiwa Forest provides. Whilst mining may bring economic benefits in the short term, banning the mining with bring larger and longer lasting social, environmental and economic benefits for future generations. "
Timothy McKenzie - United Kingdom
"Maintain the forest for clean air and water and varied wildlife that will be useful for future "
Philip Holland - United Kingdom
"Preserve it"
Rob Kluge - South Africa
"I watched a programme about the history of the Asante people who became the nation of Ghana. A local leader said how much they value the forest. Do not sell your heritage for short term gain."
David Taylor - United Kingdom
"Leave it as it should be and put a protection order on it agsinst future interference and devastation"
Ann Parker - United Kingdom
"It should simply be made a game reserve to ensure sustainable development. This cannot be done without the involvement of the local community, hence opinion leaders,youth activists in the environs of the Forest must be part of the process. Thank you."
Charles Sintim - Ghana
"Please turn Atiwa forests into a National Park"
Hilary Marlow - United Kingdom
"stop damaging the vulnerable and valuable ecosystem!"
ALVINA LEUNG - Hong Kong
"please ban mining! The Atiwa Forest Reserve is part of God's creation and it is all of our duty to protect it."
Ruth Jarman - United Kingdom
"The Atiwa Forest is a jewel - do not throw it away"
Ken Austin - United Kingdom
"To ban mining in the Atiwa Forest reserve and to make the area a national park for the long term benefit of Ghanaians and to preserve the areas great biodiversity."
Naomi Moss - United Kingdom
"A valuable eco-system can be destroyed in an instant. It can take for ever to create one. Globally, eco-systems are suffering degradation at ever-increasing rates. Pplease preserve this one"
J Michael Davies - United Kingdom
"Save Atiwa Forest for the sake of the current generation and those to come!"
Daawn Goebbels - Kenya
"I would like the Government of Ghana to protect this valuable forest and its important role in the wider ecosystem."
Alex Mabbs - United Kingdom
"The rain forests of Ghana are a wonderful resource and a great place to visit (as I have done0 They also are an important control on the uncertain climate of the region "
david watts - United Kingdom
"Please protect and save this for future generations of Ghanaians."
Lydia Groenewald - United Kingdom
"Please think about the long term needs of people and other beings now and in the future. Mining will bring short term profits for some, and losses for others. But then it will run our, and what will you be left with? "
Chris Parkman - United Kingdom
"This important ecosystem ought to be conserved to maintain biodiversity and preserve rare species , many of which may not have been discovered here yet."
Maxwell Birchenough - United Kingdom
"I urge the government to act wisely in the interests of future generations - water is a vital resource and this mine is likely to destroy it for ever. People cannot live without water. It is a more precious resource than money. "
Anne Redston - United Kingdom
"Please protect the unique Atiwa Forrest. Once it is gone it can never be replaced. It's value as a place of biodiversity, beauty, uniqueness and resource is greater than the short term gain of mining. Protect this part of our world heritage for future generations. "
Brian Pember - Australia
"Atiwa forest reserve is an important ecosystem for a large variety of species, it is therefore important that this area get national protection and is not succombed to mining practices."
anouschka Hof - Sweden
"Please make Atiwa a National Park and protect this special place as a source of clean water for millions of Ghanaians"
Catherine Ngarachu - Kenya
"Save Atiwa Forest Reswerve!!!"
Wim Dorsman - Netherlands
"Please think of long term, sustainable solutions for Ghanaians. There are no more forests left to destroy in the name of short-term income. We must keep the ones we have."
Tarah Van De Wiele - United Kingdom
"Make Atiwa a National Park to ensure the forest, its communities and important biodiversity is saved to protect ecosystem services for future generations of Ghanaians."
David Payne - United Kingdom
"Places like this need to be protected for the world. A national park seems the best way."
carolyn sparks - New Zealand
"Please, do not destroy the ecosystem which many organism live in and benefit from, including future humans. I beg you to consider a alternate idea."
Beau Klassen - United States of America
"Please ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Rather make Atiwa a National Park for everyones benefit."
Dieter Oschadleus - South Africa
"Basically I want it conserved, so I guess turning it into a National Park is the most common sense option!"
Christy McKessar - New Zealand
"Preserve the forest and its ecosystems and biodiversity for the future health and wellbeing of the people."
Gillian Cameron - New Zealand
"please protect and conserve Atiwa, we have done too much irreversible damage already!"
Mary-Ruth Low - Malaysia
"Please maintain the forest in its native state because it is a rich community of living organisms. Such ecosystems provide many benefits for human beings. Destruction is forever. "
Graeme Finlay - New Zealand
"Please do not consent to mining the precious Atiwa Forest. Any economic gain will be short term at best, with majority of profits going offshore. The cost to your country will be enormous, loss of precious water resources and a polluted environment which will be the inheritance of future generations. "
Johanna Ryder - New Zealand
"Please preserve the Atiwa Rainforest, it is an irreplacable source of water and other invaluable resources which if allowed to be destroyed will cause huge and far reaching problems in your country bringing more poverty and starvation. Please consider what the rainforest is providing for you free! Please protect it by making it a National Park and giving the wonderful diversity of creatures and plants a chance to do the amazing work they were created to do."
Sheenagh Ash - United Kingdom
"Please use the many resources of the Atiwa forest as a National Park to conserve the flora and fauna that are so rare. It will be appreciated by the many people that will come to observe your beautiful country "
Grace Toews - Canada
"The government should make Atiwa a national park so as to sustain our three main water bodies that takes its source from Atiwa, and also our rich biodiversity for present and future generation"
Prosper Antwi - Ghana
"Please ban mining in the Atiwa Forest Reserve to preserve clean water and a healthy environment for millions of Ghanaian residents and future generations. Please save these forests for the good of the all Ghanaians by making this unique area a National Park. Thank you."
Elizabeth McKitrick - Canada
"Please ban mining in Atiwa and create a National Park"
Tim Kevan - United Kingdom
"Please ban mining and make this unique area a national park"
Phillip Donnell - New Zealand
"Please preserve the Atiwa Forest"
Philip Pattemore - New Zealand
"Like all natural resources, many uses are possible and many people have a stake in the future. Collaborative work is necessary, and must include local communities as well as other stakeholders. The biodiversity of Atiwa forests is of great significance, nationally and globally, and should be carefully managed and protected - I bring my support to this place and situation and hope/pray that Atiwa forest's key ecological services shall be maintained for the benefit of many."
Marc Foggin - Canada
"Please protect the Atiwa forest and all the biodiversity it contains. This is more valuable for generations to come than bauxite which can only be mined and sold once, leaving a devastated trail behind it."
David Knight - Canada
"Please make the Forest into a National Park. Please reduce the need of the country for monetary income by encouraging organisations that provide Family Planning advice and assistance to the people, so as to reduce the demands on Nature."
Nola STEWART - Australia
"Look after the forest for the sake of the animals, encourage tourist support. Here in New Zealand we are having to close an aluminium smelter as prices fall. "
Nicholas Hunt - New Zealand
"Save it, make sure it won't get exploited and instead will be put under conservation and thereby show that they give longterm sustainability a chance "
Eva Ortvald Erichsen - Denmark
"It would make good sense to use the forest for intensive environmental education work."
John Roff - South Africa
"Develop a sustainable plan to exploit the Forest's resources."
Anthony Harris - United Kingdom
"I join with many others to urge the Government of Ghana to seize the opportunity to create a world-class eco-tourist destination in the Atiwa Range Forest Reserve. It's stunningly beautiful and already identified globally as a biodiversity hotspot with 460 species of butterflies and 130 species of birds. Rather than plundering the site for bauxite, I believe the Government could follow the example of Costa Rica and become a world-leader in improving its nation through ecotourism. The long-term benefits of an economy based on tourism include a healthy ecosystem for local communities (clean water, clean air); as well as the opportunity for a wealth of small- and medium-sized service-oriented enterprises (guided tours, sales specialty food /crafts, outdoor recreational sports outfitters, artists, a research centre with international students, restaurants and accommodations. Invest in Ghana's future by making Atiwa a National Park! Sincerely, Karin Boisclair-Joly"
Karin Boisclair-Joly - Canada
"Fresh water is what people need to survive, don't destroy it. "
Sera Rumble - United Kingdom
"Please make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations"
Ben Gilchrist - United Kingdom
"turn it into a preserve"
KARIN IRWIN-WHITE - United States of America
"forests are more important than making money"
Laila Hicks - United Kingdom
"I would like to ask the Government of Ghana to ban mining in Atiwa and to create a National Park."
David Nussbaumer - France
"SAVE IT Please, the forest is worth more than money"
Helen Rodda - United Kingdom
"I want the government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest a Reserve."
Pauline Muthigani - Kenya
"Everyday, there is news of water shortages in several parts of Ghana. The situation now is already serious. I plead with the Government of Ghana to save Atiwa Forest, even if for just its water provisioning services to save the situation in Ghana from getting fatal. Please save Atiwa Forest now for our unborn children."
Harriet Simms Bosu - Ghana
"Preserve the forest for future generations. "
Ted Goshulak - Canada
"Dear Ghanian friends, Please save this rainforest in your beautiful country. Do all you can to keep Ghana beautiful!"
Stan LeQuire - United States of America
"If you have time, please tell us what you want the government to do with Atiwa Forest"
Jeri La Shay - United States of America
"If you have time, please tell us what you want the government to do with Atiwa Forest"
Trevor Henderson - United States of America
"If you have time, please tell us what you want the government to do with Atiwa Forest"
H Cuddy - Ireland
"If you have time, please tell us what you want the government to do with Atiwa Forest"
Dorothy Avery - United States of America
"Please conserve the Atiwa Forest for the well-being of Ghana's people and for the sake of your natural heritage."
Melissa Ong - Singapore
"To the President and Prime Minister of Ghana, To the Government officials of Ghana. Your biodiversity and natural ecosystems are given by God to your contry as a gift that you cannot dispose of your own free will for mercantile issues. I urge you to take the neccessary steps to protect the Atiwa Forest reserve for the generation of Ghaneean children that will come after you and you will be remembred as people who have done good for their country. "
Bertrand BENDER - Switzerland
"If you have time, please tell us what you want the government to do with Atiwa Forest"
Toby Galligan - United Kingdom
"If you have time, please tell us what you want the government to do with Atiwa Forest"
John Smiley -
"please protect the forest for future generations"
Richard Mearns - United Kingdom
"If you have time, please tell us what you want the government to do with Atiwa Forest"
David McKay - United Kingdom
"i sign this petition and strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, "
Ebenezer Yeboah - Ghana
"i do wish that the Government of Ghana buy into the idea of calls to designate the atiwa forest range as a national park."
Bawa Sulemana - Ghana
"He should stop mining the place .. the people can't access portable drinking water now. The rivers are being polluted. We went there and they complained bitterly "
Maxwell twumasi - Ghana
"If you have time, please tell us what you want the government to do with Atiwa Forest"
Michael Asigbaase -
"Atiwa Forest being one of the most biodiverse area in Ghana with rare and endemic fauna and flora, I expect the Government of Ghana to establish Atiwa Forest as a National Park."
Paul Tehoda - Ghana
"the Govt should please reserve the natural resources of the country because it always have a long term value to our well being, mining is would only be in the short term and that would have a long term negative effect on us as a people. Please we need to preserve this resource "
Kofi Asare - Ghana
"If you have time, please tell us what you want the government to do with Atiwa Forest"
Rob Thomas - United Kingdom
"If you have time, please tell us what you want the government to do with Atiwa Forest"
Nick Folkard - United Kingdom
"I would want the Government to officially make Atiwa a National Park"
sandra owusu-gyamfi - Ghana
"I plead to the Government of Ghana to make Atiwa forest a National Park like Mole National Park for the benefit of today and tomorrow generations."
Emmanuella Kyeremaa - Ghana
"IT SHOULD SERVE AT A WATERSHED FOR THE AREA"
DINAH DITAS SARPEY - Ghana
"OPlease presrve the Atiwa forest for the benefit of your people, the people of the world and the animals and birds that depend on it. Forests provide clean water and clean air and can last for ever. And their role in reducing harmful climate change is of benefit to the whole globe. The benefits are long term whil ethose frommining are very short term. Thank youprovides "
Anne Harley - United Kingdom
"The rural folks or the perpetrators must first understand and agree with why they must not cause damage to the reserve. How do we achieve that?"
Julius Gane - United Kingdom
"Please stop the mining in Atiwa forest. It will have a negative externality on the Ghanaian citizens and the environment."
Denise Boateng - United Kingdom
"Lets preserve the future of our children not think about what we can get now"
Frederick Williams - United States of America
"This forest is worth much more than mining can give."
Miranda Harris -
"preserving the the forest and the rich ecosystem surpasses any short term riches... Making Atiwa a national park will suffix. Act responsibly...."
Gabriel Oduro - Canada
"I do hope the apparent short-term gains for the few that mining offers can be firmly set aside in favour of the far more wise conservation of the forest which serves so many with its irreplaceable resources."
Peter Harris - United Kingdom
"In your own words tell the authorities what you want done about the Atiwa Conservation..."
natasha salgado - Canada
"My company's mission (www.dimidia.com/) is to educate youth and adults about the issues related to environmental degradation. I spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso and made several trips to Ghana. Rainforest diversity is just one of many very important pieces of having a sustainable environment. It is never an easy decision to choose between economic development and environmental preservation. But, I encourage the government of Ghana to work with UNEP who has done an exhaustive study on the impact that wreckless mining of resources - whether for minerals or wood products. I know that Ghana has been included in a recently published atlas which will show firsthand the longterm damages that scar the face of many of Africa's countries. I hope that the new president will embrace this effort to preserve an important piece of what makes Ghana so special."
Anthony SImeone - United States of America
"In your own words tell the authorities what you want done about the Atiwa Conservation..."
Ibrahima Niang - Senegal
"Don't ever allow mining in an ecologically sensitive area! Make Atiwa a National Park."
Fritz Raake - Ireland
"Mining in any area, especially a sensitive area such as the Atiwa Forest Reserve, requires a robust biodiversity management plan that ensures all biodiversity impacts are mitigated. If this cannot be done, then mining in such an area is not appropriate."
Francis Vorhies - France
"Its outstanding wildlife and important ecosystem services means that Atiwa is well worth protecting for future generations, as one of the jewel's in the crown of Ghana's natural heritage."
Janice Weatherley - Belgium
"In your own words tell the authorities what you want done about the Atiwa Conservation..."
Chris Naylor - United Kingdom
"Dear Ghanaian Authorities, Please consider the future and not only the present days for planning the economy of Ghana and the benefits Ghanaian People will get from a well preserved nature. Make the calculation and compare, you will find the better for Ghana present and future welfare is conserving this site for its exceptional ecosystem services instead of mining to destroy its natural values. Remind yourself Ghana has battled to win a number of International Environmental Agreements. Let's respect our engagement to protect our tiny and fragile Earth."
Mamadou Saliou DIALLO - Guinea
"Atiwa forest needs to be preserved in full, both because 5 million people depend on it for water and ecosystem services, and because of its irreplaceable value for biodiversity. The short-term economic gains that a few will make from mining are massively outweighed by the long-term value of preserving this internationally important area."
Dave Bookless - United Kingdom
"In your own words tell the authorities what you want done about the Atiwa Conservation..."
Frans Badenhorst - United States of America
"Please halt plans for bauxite mining in the Atiwa Forest Reserve. It would have enormous implications for biodiversity and ecosystem services."
Sarah Young - United Kingdom
"In your own words tell the authorities what you want done about the Atiwa Conservation..."
Martin Kaonga - United Kingdom
"Please make Atiwa Forest Reserve into a National Park so that it will be protected for future generations"
sarah french - Switzerland
"Please leave the forest intact—mining it means more CO2 released, and the ecosystems destroyed."
Júlio Reis - Portugal
"Atiwa will make an ideal National Park being close to many people who could visit, and important for protecting water sources. "
Jeremy Lindsell - United Kingdom
"Dear Sir/Madam, Please take the measures needed to protect the biological resources of Ghana for its people and future generations. Atiwa forest is clearly important for the daily lives of millions of Ghanian people and Ghana's natural heritage. I have had a nearly a lifetime's connection with Ghana and its people and pray that it takes steps forward towards sustainable development and avoids the tragic errors made by some of its neighbours. Yours sincerely"
Paul Insua-Cao - United Kingdom
"Please conserve the Atiwa forest reserve for future generations of Ghanaians, and the ecosystem services that it provides to people in the region - let's have long-term growth over short-term!"
Daniel Pullan - United Kingdom
"Please seriously consider banning mining in the Atiwa Forest Reserve. This area is unique and far more valuable than the short term income from mining"
Ruth Sharman - United Kingdom
"Please do not destroy the forest - the life blood to so many people and wildlife, and the source of clean air, water, livelihoods and the life-saving absorbtion of carbon"
Tim Stowe - United Kingdom
"Nature has provided us with the “SEED” to feed ourselves and the future generation. Please let’s not eat up the seed "NOW" to the detriment of our "TOMORROW" and that of our future generation. Save Atiwa forests now!… Plant the “SEED” and eat the “FRUIT”… "
Ruth Akagu - Nigeria
"In your own words tell the authorities what you want done about the Atiwa Conservation..."
alexander cleminson - United Kingdom
"It is vital that the Atiwa Forest reserve is protected from damaging extraction practices, such as mining, in order to ensure the continuation of ecosystem services, upon which, millions of peoples lives depend."
Alice Ward-Francis - United Kingdom
"Try to think strategically and long term. Short term profits rarely benefit the number of people long term thinking can. Be smart! Think about the future! Don't mine the forest reserve! We strongly urge the Government to ban mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve, which is the source of clean water for about 5 million Ghanaians. Mining will provide short-term income, but it will forever degrade or destroy ecosystem services, such as good fresh water for millions of people. We ask you to make Atiwa a National Park and so benefit present and future generations"
Stephanie Ward - United Kingdom
"Please favour lifelong multiple benefits for many above short-term profit fo a few. Preserve the forest for the future of all Ghanians, human as well as non-human."
Rob Field - United Kingdom
"In your own words tell the authorities what you want done about the Atiwa Conservation..."
Ian Fisher - United Kingdom
"Please ban mining in the Atiwa Forest Reserve."
jonathan hall - United Kingdom
"I want to see Atiwa protected so that both the people and the wildlife can thrive - now and in the future."
Barbara Mearns - United Kingdom
"Protect Atiwa Forest Reserve for people and nature - it's one of Ghana's finest natural assests. Stop the mining!"
Rory Crawford - United Kingdom
"Please make Atiwa a National Park, so that it will exisit long-term and continue to provide the vital and valuable ecosystem services for Ghanaians. "
Helen Byron - United Kingdom
"Please conserve Atiwa Forest for the long-term benefit of many many more Ghanians than any mining operation will ever benefit!"
Gillian Cooper - United Kingdom
"Ghana governmment, please do something to save Atiwa. Mining is for a short time. The ecosystem services from the habitats is forever."
Ken Murimi - Kenya
"Mining Atiwa Forest will destroy the forest and make us some foreign exchange for the short-term. But keeping this splendid upland evergreen ecosystem can make us money and more priceless benefits in the long-term. Conserving through an integrated ecosystem approach within a National Park System will preserve Atiwa forever"
Seth Appiah-Kubi - Ghana
"The forest delivers a variety of ecosystem services and benefits whose economic value cannot be matched, therefore i sign this petition to help save Atiwa Forest reserve"
Jacqueline Kumadoh - Ghana
"Protect Atiwa for our children, we need to protect our watersheds, if Atiwa goes, it goes with the water and rich biodiversity. We will have a case to answer. Posterity will never forgive us. SAVE ATIWA"
Theresa Ayiku - Ghana
"Please save Atewa now for today and for posterity. We all owe that to our children. No amount of money from the Gold or Bauxite can replace the services provided by Atewa Range Forest Reserve. We urge government, parliament and civil society to put up one voice and take a bold decision not to sell off our natural assets for a pittance at the worst case scenario. Atewa, destroyed now, will be lost forever."
Daryl Bosu - Ghana

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