As part of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana’s efforts to get government to rescind its decision to mine the Atewa Forest for bauxite, a new SAVE THE FROGS! Chapter has been founded at the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies (UCAES), Bonsu, Ghana. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum founded the Chapter in association with the university’s lecturers.
The mission of the UCAES Chapter is to work in collaboration with SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana to create the Atewa Hills National Park, for the protection of the Critically Endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi) and other biodiversity. The Atewa Forest is Ghana’s most biodiverse — and most threatened — wilderness area. The students, nearly all of whom are Chapter members will be assisted through SAVE THE FROGS! Academy ((www.savethefrogs.com/academy) to undertake relevant projects focusing on the conservation of the Slippery Frog and the Atewa Forest. The students will also be forming Junior Chapters in basic schools around Atewa and reach out to educate the schoolchildren as well as the local people on the need to protect the Slippery Frog, and the Atewa Forest.
UCAES is only 5km to the Atewa Forest, and His Royal Majesty Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, who is the King and custodian of Atewa, is the university’s Chancellor. Thus, it is our firm belief that now with the new alliance with the King and SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana UCAES Chapter, victory is close at hand for Ghana’s frogs, Ghana’s people and for worldwide environmental conservation efforts. Dr. Peter Osam Sanful, Dean of Office of Academics, and Mr. Stephen Gyamina Nuamah became the Chapter’s first patron and president respectively.