As Ghanaians celebrate the International Day of Forests 2018, Ghana Wildlife Society wish to use the opportunity to emphasise the need to reject the proposed bauxite mining in the Atewa Range Forest Reserve.
The theme for 2018 is “Forests and Sustainable Cities”. To build a sustainable city of Accra, the city needs constant supply of water. A chunk of the volume of water reaching Accra dwellers comes from the watersheds of the Atewa forest. Bauxite mining will not be compatible with the forest’s ability to continue to provide water and other essential ecosystem services.
Ghana’s forests and associated biodiversity must be protected to guarantee the long-term provision of ecosystem services and basic needs of our present and future generations, health and security of our resource dependent communities and above all, improve the quality of life for all the Ghanaian people.