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Arocha Ghana, a nongovernmental, research and advocacy organization together with Netherlands Embassy has organized a 3-day exhibition to engage government and other stakeholders on how to save the Atiwa forest reserves from destruction.
This forms part of the sensitization, advocacy and campaign to ensure that forest reserves in the country are protected and saved from Bauxite mining, among others.
The Director of Arocha Ghana, Seth Appiah-Kubi, told journalists that the exhibition is also in line with the agenda of drawing the forest closer to the public.
“This is part of the advocacy to engage with government to redirect the intention of mining bauxite in the Atiwa and focus on other areas.” he added.
He said through the effort and advocacy programmes, successive governments have heed to the advice of the organization in protecting the forest reserves in Atiwa.
He however urged the government to rather desist from mining bauxite deposits in the Atiwa forest and focus on other areas and rather develop the forest into a national park to enhance Ghana’s tourism sector.
“We are still engaging with the government to mine in other areas and rather develop the forest into a national park to protect lives and other habitats,” he indicated.
He debunked the notion that government can mine and plant the forest as well, because mining bauxite involves deforestation and taking away the top soil, meaning, driving away the species from the forest and other livelihoods.
The Deputy Ambassador of Royal Netherlands Embassy, Katja Lasseur, said the protection, managing and creating forest ecosystems continues to be one of the practical safeguarding interventions against the environment related risks activities facing the World such as climate change and biodiversity loss.
She noted that since Netherland remains a developing partner it would continue to provide long-term support for sustainable economic development which includes enhancing natural resources in a green and sustainable manner.
“We are interested in exploring development pathways that will not erode precious ecosystem in Ghana,” she said.
Source: Nii Aflah Sackey