Rescue Mission Global, a youth-led advocacy NGO, has named on govt to actively engage stakeholders which includes indigenous communities, the youth and environmental NGOs, in the efficient administration and conservation of the Atewa Forest.
It stated the Atewa Forest is the house for many susceptible and endangered species, which required to be secured to make sure sustainable livelihoods for both of those the existing and long run generations.
The youth-led organizations made the call in a push statement to commemorate the celebration of International Day for Organic Range (IDB).
The statement was issued and signed by Ibrahim Tuzee Abdul-Raheem, Co-Founder, Rescue Mission International and copied to the Ghana Information Company on Friday in Tamale.
The United Nations has declared Might 22 every year as the Intercontinental Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), to aid enhance understanding and recognition on biodiversity troubles and the will need to defend the ecosystem for individuals and all everyday living on earth.
The world wide theme for 2020 IDB celebration is: “Our Remedies are in Nature”.
The assertion said “the theme for this year’s celebration exhibits that, our natural fauna and flora are and will continue being the respond to to if not all, but nearly all the sustainable improvement difficulties we are all confronted with as a people”.
It entreated every single and each individual Ghanaian youth to serve as conservation ambassadors and guide in the campaign to develop the critical training and focus on the require to conserve the country’s biodiversity methods.
The statement reported “Parliament, in June 2018, approved an settlement with China’s Sinohydro Company Limited to build infrastructure assignments which include roads, hospitals, landfill websites, and industrial parks. Ghana is to pay back for these with $2 billion really worth of refined bauxite to uphold the offer with China’s Sinohydro Corp Limited”.
“In June 2019, the Authorities by means of its agency, the Ghana Built-in Aluminium Growth Authority (GIADEC) recognized Atewa Forest as a opportunity web page to mine bauxite and began clearing entry roadways to the summit of the forest to let take a look at drilling for bauxite deposits it believes amounts to 150 million to 180 million metric tons”.
In accordance to the statement various NGOs have advocated from any mining activities in the region.
The Atewa Forest Reserve, the assertion said, covers an space of about 23,663 hectares in the japanese aspect of the country and blessed with exclusive upland forest vegetation, which is wealthy with a variety of very exceptional species some of which are native or confined in only this reserve.
It mentioned the reserve is equally blessed with a broad variety of natural habitats this sort of as streams, swamps, shut forests and all-natural clearings, which support a loaded wide variety of fauna these types of as Killfish (Epiplatys chaperi) and Walker’s barb (Barbus walkeri), which have wonderful potentials in the aquarium trade.
The place, the statement said, “provides the headwaters of 3 river units – Ayensu, Densu and Birim rivers which together serve as the source of domestic and industrial drinking water for neighborhood communities in just its catchment areas as properly as drinking water for hundreds of thousands in the national money, Accra”.