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Trucks loaded with rosewoods impounded at Damongo

Two trucks loaded with rosewood have been seized on Sunday, June 27, 2021. The drivers of trucks with registration GE-6517-X and GX-8801-X were arrested in a swift operation conducted by the Anti-rosewood task force.
The information available to Climate Insight indicates that the impounded trucks are parked at the Savannah regional office of the Forestry Commission. The two drivers are assisting the Ghana Police service with the investigation.

According to a report by Global Forest Watch (GFW), on the status of the world’s primary forests, Ghana saw an alarming 60% decrease in the primary rainforest in 2018. It represents the highest percentage of rainforest loss of any tropical country.

In 2019, the government of Ghana placed an indefinite ban on the harvesting and export of rosewood. Despite the ban, the illegal trade of rosewood trade continues.

The Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor raised alarm over the fast rate of depletion of Ghana’s forest cover. In response to this, the government of Ghana implemented the Green Ghana Project in June 2021. Under this initiative, 5 million trees were planted across the country to restore the huge loss of forest covers.

The Climate Insight Editor

Emmanuel Ameyaw

Emmanuel Ameyaw is the Founder and Editor of Ghana's foremost Climate-focused news website-The Climate Insight. He has over 5 years experience in journalism across local and international media. He worked as Editor at TV Africa and MX24 TV. He also served as a Senior Correspondent for Zambian based – MOZO TV. He has published articles on climate change and its impact on communities across major news outlets. He covered major climate conferences notably COP27, COP28, Blue Earth Summit 2022 etc.

This extensive work has earned him recognition, including the Global Investigative Journalism Conference Fellowship 2021, World Bank Innovate4Climate Media Fellowship 2021 and CJID West Africa Climate Change Fellowship 2022 and the Clean Air Reporting Fellowship 2023. He is a member of the prestigious Oxford Climate Journalism Network and Earth Journalism Network.

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