The second edition of the Conservation Mine and Reclamation Awards is expected to be held in Takoradi during the Ghana Gold Expo Mining Week in April 2022.
This is a unique award that seeks to recognise excellence in responsible mining in Africa, Dr. Steven Blessing Ackah, Executive Director of ViewTag Ghana Gold Expo, told the media.
“As is well projected, the core of the Ghana Gold Expo Mining Week event is to pursue and successfully entrench potentials of minerals and sustainability of the gold processing value chain: from environmentally safe extraction to exclude harmful chemicals, to best practices, formalisation, incentives for explorations, driving trade channels all the way – to innovation and gold optimization management,” he explained.
According to him, Ghana Gold Expo has been leading the way in the African context of driving a new innovative thinking and action across the gold and mining industry holistically, as it focuses on responsible mining and best practices such as reclamation and conservation projects within the mining value chain.
“Reclamation may involve returning a mined site to a more natural state through recontouring, revegetation, technology or adapting the site to a beneficial end use,” he explained.
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Kwabena Okyere-Darko – Western Regional Minister, stated that “on March 9, 2020 the governing council of Ghana Gold Expo issued the first Commemorative Gold Coin to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for his effort to ban illegal mining and the use of mercury in gold production”.
Come April 1, 2022, during the Mining Week, Ghana Gold Expo in collaboration with Forbes Monaco will issue six Commemorative Gold Medals to companies and individuals who support responsible mining and ethical gold.
The focus for this year’s awards will be on conservation, mine tailings and dams, water treatment solutions, reclamation, innovation and technology financing of ethical mining, community outreach, as well as sustainable development.
The awards have been categorised, and these are: National Best Reclamation Project, Best Water Treatment Company, Best Tailings Dam and Management, and Best Small-Scale/Community Mining Site-Reclamation.
The rest are, Lifetime Old Legend, Best Financial Institution, Best Community Outreach – Large Scale, Best Central Bank Governor in Africa as well as Best Gold Reserves Management.
Award Category Sectors
Also, the award category sectors are: Forestry Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Bank of Ghana, Mining Support Services – Minerals Commission, and Minerals Income and Investment Fund.
The committee members are: Dr. Ana Manduley, Dr. Nawal Aït-Hocine, Henry Kwabena Kokofu, Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II, Sir Luiz Costa Macambira, Benito Owusu Bio, Ing. Nicholas Agyekumhene, Dr. Steven Blessing Ackah, Mr. Martin Ayisi, Sir Selim Fendi, George Mireku Duker and Dr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah.