Don’t take monies or gifts at the expense of the environment – WACAM

By thefourlens.com

Kenyasi, May 16, 2024

People living in mining and forest landscapes have been reminded to be very careful, so that they don’t  accept monies or gifts at the expense of the environment, the country and survival of the unborn generations. 

The people, particularly the chiefs, Assembly members, family heads and other opinion leaders must be more concerned about the environment and it preservation for sustainable health, quality drinking water, clean air and climate mitigation.

Mr. Daniel Owusu-Koranteng, an Executive Director of WACAM, a non-governmental organization (NGO), into community based mining advocacy for sustainable health and livelihoods entreated.

He was speaking at a community engagement forum at Kenyasi in the Asutifi North District of the Ahafo Region, on activities and happenings that are detrimental to livelihoods sustainability of not only dwellers of the community, but the general public. 

Mr. Owusu-Koranteng said as citizens, “we must all be critical about the things affecting the entire environment when dealing with individuals or companies coming for our lands for mining activities or wood harvesting”. 

The Two-day sensitization (Tuesday and Wednesday) was to ensure protection and safety of agricultural lands, water bodies, air  and livelihoods including good health.

The over 65 participants, males and females drawn from mining communities in the Ahafo, Eastern, Western North, Western and Ashanti Regions were sensitized with paralegal knowledge to empower and guide them in dealing with mining companies.

The were also sensitized on the health dangers irresponsible mining exposes the environment to

Others at the forum included Officials from the Commission on Human Right and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Associations into land protection, environmental Legal practitioners and individuals knowledgeable in mining issues.

The event aimed at ensuring a collective knowledge and approach towards responsible mining, land conservation and biodiversity.

In an interview, Mr. Johnson Owusu Prempeh, a participants, also a youth leader at Dokyikrom, one of the mining communities in Kenyasi said their health and food security was at stake because of the activities of the giant mining company (Newmont), therefore commended Wacam for the insight training.

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