Following reports of alleged ilegal mining activities in the Atewa Forest Reserve, in the Eastern Region, 30 January, 2023, the Forestry Commission immediately deployed officials to comb the Forest to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of the reports.
After thoroughly combing the Forest, officials identified a mining operation outside the Forest Reserve, which has affected a portion of the Forest Reserve, measuring approximately zero point six hectares (0.6ha). No person was found at this portion of the Forest Reserve. The Commission, however, found some equipment, including an excavator, in this part of the Forest Reserve.
The Commission has demobilised all equipment found in the Forest Reserve. The Commission is working with Operation Halt II to ensure no illegal mining activity takes place in the Forest Reserve. In the meantime, the Commission ill take the necessary steps to reclaim the portion of the Forest Reserve which was affected by this ilegal activity.
The Commission has already reported the incident at the Kyebi District Police Station, and will work with the Police and other law enforcement agencies to tind the perpetrators or these illegalities and take the necessary acuon against them.
The Commission assures the general public of its continuous commitment to work with all stakeholders to protect all Forest Reserves in the country.
ISSUED BY: THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE FORESTRY COMMISSION ACCRA
Source: THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE, FORESTRY COMMISSION, ACCRA
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