Massive protests, fierce opposition as government plans to mine bauxite in Ghana's virgin Atewa Forest

Massive protests, fierce opposition as government plans to mine bauxite in Ghana's virgin Atewa Forest

- Hundreds of Ghanaians are to demonstrate against mining at the Atewa Forest

- The government wants to mine bauxite in the reserve

- This is to get leverage of a $15 billion deal with China

Government's decision to begin mining in the Atewa Forest Reserve has angered many Ghanaians.

The virgin forest, which was established some 92 years ago, remains the mother life to thousands of species and also the headwaters for three major rivers namely Ayensu, Densu, and Birim.

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But government has committed to mine bauxite in the Reserve "within the range" as leverage for a $15 billion joint venture deal with China to develop an integrated aluminum industry.

It is for this reason that hundreds of aggrieved Ghanaians across the country have come together for a massive protest against this move by the government. This is being led by a group called Concerned Citizens of the Atewa Landscape.

In a statement, the group explained the reason for the walk saying it is "to mobilize and rally citizen action to compel the government to rescind plans to mine bauxite within the Atewa Forest Reserve due to its vital water."

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The Atewa Forest is one of two such virgin forest reserves in Ghana covering a total land area of 263km2, which represents about 33 percent of the remaining closed forest in Eastern Region.

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