Lands Minister urges sustainable small-scale mining, launches Green Ghana Day 2023 to restore forest cover

Lands Minister urges sustainable small-scale mining, launches Green Ghana Day 2023 to restore forest cover

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has inaugurated a two-day Transformational Dialogue on Small Scale Mining, organized by the esteemed University of Energy and Natural Resources.

The event, held under the theme “Sustaining Environmental Security and Human Rights in Small-Scale Mining Operations in Ghana,” aimed to address the pressing issues surrounding small-scale mining and its impact on the environment and local communities.

During his address, the Minister underscored the significant contribution of small-scale mining to the national economy while stressing the urgent need to promote environmentally sound practices within the sector. Recognizing the delicate balance between economic development and environmental preservation, he emphasized the importance of striking a sustainable equilibrium that would safeguard both Ghana’s natural resources and the rights of its citizens.

Following the transformative dialogue, President Mr. Abu Jinapor embarked on a journey to Kumasi, where he joined forces with the revered Asantehene, His Royal Majesty, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at the prestigious Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The purpose of their gathering was to launch the highly anticipated 2023 edition of Green Ghana Day, a nationwide initiative aimed at restoring the country’s depleted forest cover.

During the launch, the Asantehene expressed his admiration for the Green Ghana initiative, lauding its noble objective and emphasizing the collective responsibility of all Ghanaians and residents to participate in the upcoming national tree-planting exercise scheduled for June 9, 2023. Encouraging a massive turnout, he urged citizens to actively engage in reforestation efforts as a testament to their commitment to environmental sustainability and the preservation of Ghana’s natural heritage.

The joint endeavor between the government, traditional leaders, educational institutions, and the public signifies a united front in the pursuit of environmental security and the protection of human rights within the small-scale mining industry. By engaging in constructive dialogues and embarking on initiatives like Green Ghana Day, Ghana strives to create a sustainable path forward, where economic progress harmonizes with ecological preservation, ensuring a prosperous and green future for generations to come.

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