Ghana’s Forestry Commission has moved to halt the activities of miners in the Atewaa Forest Reserve in the Eastern region following reports of ongoing mining in the protected area.
Some 0.6hectars of forest land has been affected by the mining activities which is happening outside the reserve according to the commission.
In a release dated 30th January, the commission revealed that it had destroyed mining equipment that were found on the site.
“The commission is going to work with Operation Halt II to ensure that no illegal mining activity takes place in the forest reserve.”
It added that, “no persons was found at this portion of the Forest reserve.”
The Global Forest Watch on 30th January reported some 11688 deforestation alerts in the week of the 16 Jan (From 16/01/2023 to 23/01/2023), covering some 142.97 hectares in the country’s forests.
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