The Denkyira Development Association (DDA) strongly advocates for a comprehensive review of Legislative Instrument (L.I) 2462, the regulatory framework governing mining activities in forest reserves.
This call comes in response to recent reports indicating that a mining company applied to the Minerals Commission for permission to mine within the Kakum Forest Reserve.
Although the Minerals Commission promptly rejected the application, the DDA expresses concern about the potential long-term consequences of the existing legislation.
The association emphasizes the need for Parliament to undertake a thorough review of L.I 2462, ensuring that it aligns with principles of sustainable development and provides adequate protection for the nation’s natural resources.
In a statement signed by the Association’s president, Jospeh Banor Lokko, the DDA appeals to Parliament to address the shortcomings in the current legislation, emphasizing the importance of balancing economic interests with environmental conservation.
“As a community organisation dedicated to preservation and sustainable development of the Denkyira state, which is partly covered by the Kakum National Park, DDA strongly expresses disapproval of any activity that might pose a threat to the area and its natural resources”.
The DDA further implored the Minerals Commission to stick to its earlier stance, so that no portion of the park is leased to any individual or company for the purpose of mining, adding: “The Association will vigorously resist any form of mining in the Kakum Forest Reserve and its enclaves”.
The Association is adamant that the Kakum Forest Reserve, which is well-known for its abundant biodiversity and rich cultural legacy, is an ecological gem that needs to receive the highest level of protection from the government.
“The Kakum Forest Reserve plays an indispensable role in supporting Ghana’s tourism industry, attracting visitors from all over the world who come to admire its breathtaking beauty, as well as the canopy walkway and its natural wonders. This is part of the many reasons to protect it” the statement noted.
The Denkyira Development Association (DDA) urges collaboration among various stakeholders, including government agencies, traditional councils, Civil Society Organisations, environmentalists, and concerned citizens. This collective effort aims to facilitate productive dialogues, fostering equitable solutions that strike a balance between developmental needs and the preservation of forest resources.
As a non-profit, non-denominational, and non-partisan organization, the Denkyira Development Association is dedicated to pursuing the common good and holistic development of the Denkyira State.
The association actively advocates for sustainable development practices, environmental protection, and assumes various community-related responsibilities in its commitment to fostering positive change.