Ghana: Global interest in keeping Newmont mine out of Ajenua Bepo Forest Reserve

WACAM, an environmental and social advocacy nongovernmental
organisation, said “if Newmont is allowed to mine in the Ajenua Bepo
Forest Reserve, it would displace thousands of farmers; destroy
biodiversity, large hectares of cocoa and crop farms and cemeteries
and leave a huge pit in the Ajenua Bepo Forest Reserve.

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It said the one-off payment of compensation of about eight Ghana Cedis for a cocoa tree destroyed would not be in the best interest of farmers in the
long term, since they would be deprived of sustainable livelihoods. Newmont’s intended mine in the Ajenua Bepo Forest Reserve is a matter
of national and global interest.

In this period of growing concerns about deforestation, global warming and climate change, mining in a forest reserve of such biodiversity importance is not an issue of concern to the people of Akyem area alone. “It is for this reason that over 6,000 people from over 50 countries in the world signed a
petition against the intended mine in Ajenua Bepo Forest Reserve.

In Ghana, the National Coalition on Mining had expressed its opposition
against mining in the Ajenua Bepo Forest Reserve and prominent
religious people like the Most Reverend Dr Aboagye Mensah, Presiding
Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana had added their voices against
mining in Forest Reserves,” WACAM said. 16 Feb. 09

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