This project is implemented within a broad matrix of stakeholders. On the one hand it is targeting those that are both direct and indirect drivers and agents of illegal mining and illegal logging within the forest reserve and the actors directly concerned with the management of the reserve. On the other hand it reaches out to beneficiaries and stakeholders that operate further downstream in the respective river basins.
The activities and planned community engagements as well as engagement on policy making and incorporation into district, regional and national level decision making will involve stakeholders with key interest in the long-term use and state of Atewa and the services it provides. On the level of the forest reserve this is the Ministry for Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) through the Forestry Commission (FC). In the wider context of the river basins it concerns notably the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH), responsible for formulating water supply policy, and the Ministry for Local Government and Regional Development (MLGRD), leading state agency on sanitation and presiding the Ghana Nether- lands WASH Program.
The above description of cate-gories puts our major stakeholders into these classes:
1. Agencies and individuals within the three major arms of government, who include the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary. These categories in- clude the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR), Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH), Ministry for Local Government and Regional Development (MLGRD), Forestry Commission (FC), Minerals Commission, Water Resources Commission (WRC), Ghana Water Company Ltd (GWCL), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Municipal/Metropolitan Assemblies and District As- semblies.
2. Agencies and individuals within the civil society organizations and governance structures in- cluding district assemblies and members of Traditional Leader- ship system within the project area, basin management boards, community forest man- agement committees, Coalition of NGOs against Mining in Atewa (CONAMA), National Coalition on Mining, Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) and Forest Watch Ghana.
3. Forest fringe communities, with special target for upstream users and also individuals engaged in illegal mining and logging activities which is threaten ing the ecological integrity of Atewa.
Coalition of Ngo’s Against Mining in Atiwa Forest Reserve (CONAMA)
Local engagements, capacity building and empowerment will be led by the members of the CONAMA.
CONAMA currently serves as an advocacy platform for members of civil society organisation to voluntarily join the campaign to stop all forms of mining in Atewa and secure its globally biodiverse ecosystem for now and the future. So far, members of CONAMA comprise NGOs who are currently working within the same landscape or have sometime in the past worked to secure the resources in Atewa.
The Coalition of NGOs Against Mining in Atewa was formed June 2012 to commemorate Rio + 20 to advocate for the 'Future We Want' for Atewa.
Members of the coalition include; Save The Frogs Ghana, Conservation Alliance, Centre For Environmental Impact Analysis, Rainforest Friends Ghana, WACAM, Forest Watch Ghana, Ghana Wildlife Society and A Rocha Ghana.
We are still inviting NGOs as well as Corporate Agencies to join and support the cause to save Atewa Forest by ensuring greater protection for its biodiversity resources.