As part of this year's Save The Frogs Day celebrations, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana will join forces with local groups to campaign in Accra on June 5th, 2019. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana members and other protesters will march to the seat of government and the Forestry Commission of Ghana to demand an immediate termination of impending bauxite mining operations at the Atewa Range Forest Reserve. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana will be joined at the protests by Concerned Citizens of Atewa Landscape; A Rocha Ghana; and students from STF! Ghana's UCAES Chapter.
The protest will be in two parts:
We are staging this protest as a result of recent developments in which a new contract has been signed between Ghana and China for a loan of USD $19 billion. According to the contract terms, the loan will be repaid from proceeds from bauxite mined from Atewa Range Forest Reserve. The forest is home of the last population of the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi) and other endangered frogs. It is also the most biodiverse region in Ghana and the headwaters of two of Ghana's largest rivers, which provide drinking water to over half of Ghana's human population.
Local people whose livelihoods, food and water supply are tied down to the existence of the forest, have expressed concern over this development and the impact bauxite extraction will have on these services. Subsequently, a group has been formed called the Concerned Citizens of Atewa Landscape to pressure government to halt with the agenda to mine Atewa Forest. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is taking advantage of the willingness of these local people to protect their ancestral land, and with their support we will take our campaign to the seat of government in Accra.
This campaign is being funded in part through a Save The Frogs Day Grant, which has been made possible by the generous donors of SAVE THE FROGS! and SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana. We encourage you to donate to help us save the Atewa Forest and the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frogs and we appreciate your support!
To join us in Accra or for further information, please contact SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Campaigns Coordinator Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi:
(Phone: 020 2100 198; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi is the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Campaigns Coordinator.