Atiwa Range of Forest Reserves, in South Eastern Ghana, is the closest rainforest to the capital city, Accra.
It is one of the largest surviving rainforests in West Africa and one of the most important for wildlife: the jewel in the crown of Ghana’s reserves.
This lush, tropical montane forest, with clear running streams, grassland and clearings, holds some of Africa’s rarest plants and animals, such as the Atiwa Dotted Border, a slow-flying butterfly found nowhere else in the world.
The forest is threatened by bauxite mining which could bring much-needed jobs and foreign exchange earnings. However, investing in long-term employment for local people by developing a range of sustainable livelihoods, including eco-tourism, would be of much greater benefit now – and for future generations.
Mining at Atiwa could wreak havoc with the water supply of 5 million people, cause landslides, increase air pollution, destroy traditional food and timber sources, and lead to the extinction of many plants and animals.
Please support A Rocha Ghana in their efforts to save Atiwa for future generations!
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