International groups have teamed up with local organizations to mount pressure on the government to stop mining activities in the Atewa forest.
The organisations have argued that the long-term effects of the decision would cause more harm than good.
The Atewa range forest reserve, which is in the Eastern region, has been given out to the Chinese for bauxite mining.
The groups have further stated that inasmuch as Ghana would benefit from mining bauxite, the forest reserve serves as an important water source for most of the river bodies in the country.
They also noted that Ghana might only end up sacrificing irreplaceable forest and water sources for 5 million people.
According to them, despite vehement opposition from local communities and international conservation organisations, the Ghanaian government appears determined to proceed with the act.
The Atewa forest, YEN.com.gh understands, is a globally important ecosystem that harbours extraordinary wildlife and provides water for 5 million people.
Per a report by Citinewsroom.com, the group added the recent decision by the government to send bulldozers in to start clearing access roads shows that the authorities have decided to go ahead with the controversial project.
They mentioned that if completed, the mine would destroy the forest, which is one of the world’s Key Biodiversity Areas and home to more than 100 globally threatened species.
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