Scientists from A Rocha earlier this month discovered the presence of White Naped Mangabeys in the Atewa Range Forest in Ghana. According to Seth Appiah-Kubi, the National Director A Rocha Ghana, the discovery of the Mangabey confirms that there is more in Atewa Forest that we are yet to discover, but mined today it will be lost forever.
"Unfortunately, this newly discovered population of this endangered monkey in Atewa is threatened by a bauxite mine being planned for this biologically important forest, as well as by snare traps and hunting for the bush-meat trade”, says Dr Jeremy Lindsell of A Rocha International who led the survey.
“Extracting bauxite from Atewa Forest is incompatible with biodiversity conservation and the ecosystem services that the forest provides. It will spell the end of the unique and irreplaceable species that the forest contains,” says Jan Kamstra of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Netherlands.
A Rocha, IUCN Netherlands and many other stakeholders including international businesses have advocated for Atewa Forest reserve to be upgraded to a National Park. The creation of a new National Park at Atewa has substantial local support, including from the Okyenhene of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, where the forest is located.
In a letter to the President of Ghana dated 15th December, Dr Russ Mittermeier, Chair of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group, writes: “It is a matter of some urgency that the forest is properly protected both from hunting and from habitat change… I urge that Ghana’s commitments to the Convention on Biological Diversity and to the Sustainable Development Goals take precedence in this case and that Atewa Forest is removed from mining plans once and for all and made into a National Park.”
WAPCA is working with A Rocha to prevent this vital forest from being destroyed and we strongly urge our supporter to sign this petition.
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