Officials watering some planted trees on the reclaimed landIt was against this backdrop that Dredge Masters was contracted by the government in 2021 to help reclaim 414 hectares of galamsey lands in Asawinso A & B, Sefwi, Mepasem and Antobia all in the Western North Region. Speaking to the media, the Project Manager for Dredge Masters, Ing. Bernard Asumeng Adjei Saw, said the project was 90% complete. He disclosed that the company was awarded a contract to reclaim 414 hectares of illegal mining lands. “But as it stands now, we have even exceeded the total hectares that we needed to reclaim. We have now done about 450 hectares of in total. According to him, the land reclamation was part of other components of the project, stating that after that, his company will be moving to phase two of the project which is replanting trees on the reclaimed lands. Ing Asumeng Saw commended the government for its efforts to reclaim lands damaged by illegal miners. “The government of Ghana has done a very good work. It has invested hugely to ensure that this damaged lands by Galamseyers are reclaimed and put to more productive use,” he expressed. He, therefore, appealed to the chiefs in the Western North to support the government in ensuring that illegal miners do not return to these reclaimed lands. While pointing out some challenges militating against the project, the Site Manager of Dredge Masters, Gilbert Atima, asked that the various communities within the reclaimed lands be involved in the tree-planting phase of the project. For his part, a Technical Officer for NALEP, Daniel Fordjour Agyemang, indicated that his outfit has a plan in place which will see the involvement of all stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of the economic tress that will be planted on the lands.
Climate Change & Energy
WN/R: Gov’t reclaims over 1000 hectares of galamsey lands
Source: ghenvironment.com - February 21, 2023
The reclaimed land
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