As part of the Sinohydro deal, the mining of Ghana’s bauxite would be partly done in exchange for infrastructure developments from partners part of Atewa Forest which contain a rich amount of bauxite that should be mined through Ghana Integrated Aluminium Development Corporation (GIADEC).
The news of mining of the Atewa forest triggered concerns raised by Civil society organisations, Environmental Protection organisations such as ROCHA, etc. However, GIADEC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GIADEC, Michael Ansah has assured Ghanaians especially people staying closer to the site Akyem Abuakwa that production will be environmentally friendly and that operations would not be inimical to their existence.
He also says in an interview that he has so far engaged 20 or even 30 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and that his doors are opened to more stakeholders engagement so that at the end of the day the environmental protection and safety would meet international standard.
“As I speak, GIADEC has started some significant pieces of work here. We are doing mineral resources estimates, we are carrying out biodiversity and hydraulic studies to give us baseline information, and we are going to use all this information to develop an environmental impact assessment. So I want to assure the people of Akyem Abuakwa that the work that we are going to do here will be very responsive to the environment”.
The Okyehema Nana Dokua who is a board member of GIADEC has assured the inhabitants of the site that the bauxite mining by GIADEC will not destroy the environment and that it will ensure environmentally accepted ways of mining without endangering their lives.