Group kicks against bauxite mining in Atewa Forest

The Council of Ghanaian Chiefs, members of the Okyeman Foundation and the Ghanaian community in the Netherlands have expressed their concern and shock at the glaring threat to the Atewa Forest Range at Kyebi in the Akyem Abuakwa area owing to planned bauxite mining activities.

The chiefs in the petition, signed after a concert dubbed: “Save Atewa Benefit Concert” in Amsterdam by the Atewa Ambassadors—comprising musicians led by MUSIGA President, Obour—to canvass support for their cause, indicated that the forest future should rather be protected to promote a green economy in the surrounding landscape than mining.

“The Atewa Forest is the source of water for up to 5 million Ghanaians, with some in Accra, Eastern and Central regions of the country; mining bauxite in the forest would greatly endanger the provision of water to these areas and the large number of species in the forest that are already globally threatened with extinction.”

The petition, which is signed by 14 Chiefs led by Barima Asamoah Kofi IV (Chairman CoGhaC) and (Dr. Stephen Kwasi Oduro) Abakomahene of the Akyem Kotoku Abohyendwa Kofi Stool and Divisional Chief of Abirem Traditional Area respectively, also stated that the Atewa Range Forest which is also known as Kwaebibirem is an area of high hydrological importance and significant value for the global persistence of biodiversity, harbouring rare and threatened species found in few other places in the world.

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The concert was to canvass support of the Ghanaian community to urge government to secure Atewa for water and not for bauxite mining.

In a petition, the chiefs also implored President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to invoke an executive instrument to secure and upgrade the Atewa Range Forest into a National Park, a living legacy which can be named after the revered king, the Late His Royal Majesty Nana Sir Ofori Atta I, whose 75th anniversary will be celebrated in the month of August.

The Atewa forest was established in 1929 during the leadership of the late Nana Sir Ofori Atta I and can be a legacy for his memory and recognition of his generational leadership for Ghanaians.

The Atewa forest was established in 1929 during the leadership of the late Nana Sir Ofori Atta I and can be a legacy for his memory and recognition of his generational leadership for Ghanaians.

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