The Fight for Ghana's Forest
Africa’s ‘infrastructure-for-resources’ debate continues. Beyond The Headlines visits Ghana, where bauxite mining controversy rages between foreign contractors, environmentalists and locals.
The protected Atewa Forest sits atop roughly 150 million tonnes of bauxite, making it a prime location for illegal mining. The river systems that run through the Atewa Forest reserve provide clean drinking water for five million Ghanaians and play a key role in sustaining local industries and agriculture. Similar bauxite operations have caused irreparable environmental damage by washing pollutants and particles into vital river systems.
Will the new mine continue in the same way? Or will local pressure be able to protect this forest? Get the full story. Presented without judgement or bias. Just clarity and verification.