A Rocha Ghana, an environmental NGO, together with its partners in their campaign to protect the Atewa Forest reserve in the Eastern Region, has opened its first ever Atewa Exhibition at the British Council, Accra.
The exhibition is expected to be attended by members of the diplomatic missions here in Ghana, government agencies, schools and research agencies.
Others include civil society organizations, policy think-tanks, community members as well the general public.
According to A Rocha Ghana, the exhibition will offer patrons the opportunity to appreciate their environment, learn about ecosystem services and the need to protect nature and watersheds.
The Exhibition which was launched today Wednesday, 30th January is expected to be opened each day at exactly 10:00am and will last for three days.
Impact of Galamsey
In a press statement ahead of the official launch, A Rocha Ghana stated that “the menace and impact of galamsey has affirmed the urgent need to secure Ghana’s natural heritage and water sources for our wellbeing today and that of generations unborn. To achieve this, there is an urgent need for Ghana to prioritize ”green landscape” development strategies and build socio-economic resilient frameworks to sustain it developmental agenda.”
“Against this background, we need to secure Atewa forest against all odds and generate public independent actions to encourage government to reverse bauxite-mining plans and ensure the long-term sustainability of the forest landscape.” They said.
Importance of Atewa Forest Reserve
The Atewa Forest, found in the Eastern Region, is the source of the Densu River which feeds the Weija Dam and water treatment plant. It is also the source to two important rivers – the Birim and Ayensu – which together provide water to at least 5 million people in Greater Accra, Eastern and the Central Regions of Ghana.
It is also home to over 100 identified critically endangered plant and animal species, some of which are rare and cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Outdooring of Report
A Rocha used the opportunity to outdoor a new research report on the Atewa forest.
Speaking to the Evening Mail after the launch, the Deputy Director of A Rocha Ghana, Mr. Daryl Bosu, described the launch as “very successful”.
He expressed optimism that the exhibition will record a good number after the three days event.