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Destruction of Protected Forests – CSOs threaten legal action against government

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A group of civil society organizations have threatened to sue the government of Ghana over what they describe as deliberate failure to protect forest reserves in the country.

The CSOs – Arocha Ghana, Tropenbos Ghana, Civic Response, Nature and Development Foundation, and EcoCare Ghana have raised red flag over recent declassification of Globally Significant Biodiversity Areas (GSBAs) within some forest reserves including the Subri River Forest Reserve and Krokosua Hills Forest Reserve. This development has resulted in the subsequent awarding of a Timber Utilization Contract to some logging Companies to operate in both forest reserves.

In a press release cited by The Climate Insight, the group contends that the governments latest action amounts to a breach of due process and legal stipulation. They urged the Government to reconsider its actions and engage constructively in resolving this matter in accordance with the rule of law and best practices in natural resource management.

Read full press release here

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 varied experience in journalism across local and international media. He worked as Sub-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, 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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