10-29-2019 Dimash Kurman 147
Ghana's government is planning to start a mining operation in the forest reserve of Atewa in the near future. Atewa is a source of three major rivers in the region. Furthermore, the reserve provides water to 5 million people in the region.
The government interest lays below the brown-red soil that is full of natural resources. Estimated that below the rivers bed's lay about 165 million tons of bauxite, which is used in the production of household and heavy-duty aluminum goods.
Government officials claim that the mining of the natural resources from the reserve would increase economic development and employment in Ghana. However, environmental experts state that the risk of water contamination in the region brings high future costs to the nature and health of 5 million people.
The mining campaign lays its roots from the development investment of China's Sinohydro Corp. Limited. The corporation is bringing the infrastructure worth 2 billion USD into Ghana and in return receives payments from refined bauxite sales.