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Wildlife Conservation Research – Ghana: Activists Sue Government to Save Forest From Mine


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Wildlife Conservation Research – Ghana: Activists Sue Government to Save Forest From Mine

Plaintiffs say mining in the forest violates their constitutional right to a clean and healthy environment Accra – Environmental activists have sued Ghana’s government to stop a proposed mining project in a protected national forest, which they say endangers their health and well-being, amid growing calls to increase nature reserves to combat climate change. The…

Wildlife Conservation Research – Ghana: Activists Sue Government to Save Forest From Mine

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Plaintiffs say mining in the forest violates their constitutional right to a clean and healthy environment

Accra – Environmental activists have sued Ghana’s government to stop a proposed mining project in a protected national forest, which they say endangers their health and well-being, amid growing calls to increase nature reserves to combat climate change.

The proposed mine in the Atewa Range Forest is part of a $2 billion deal signed with China, which will gain access to bauxite – used to make aluminium – in exchange for financing infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges in Ghana.

Seven local advocacy groups and four citizens claim that mining in the forest violates their constitutional right to a clean and healthy environment and their right to protect it for future generations, their lawyer said this week.

“The forest is our life,” said Oteng Adjei, head of Concerned Citizens of the Atewa Landscape, one of the groups involved in the case, which went to the High Court on July 1, according to documents seen by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“Bauxite mining is a one-time payment. (The government) cannot bring back the original forest.”

Ghana’s government spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and the state-owned Ghana Integrated Aluminium Development Corporation (GIADEC) declined to comment.

President Nana Akufo-Addo has previously said the bauxite can be extracted without disturbing the wildlife, and GIADEC has promised the growing bauxite industry will create 35,000 jobs.

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