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Posted: 20 Sep 2016

The Forestry Commission (FC) and Newmont Golden Ridge Limited (NGRL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the FC Headquarters in Accra, to pave way for the commencement of the implementation of the second phase of Newmont Reforestation offset programme.

Newmont Golden Ridge Limited (NGRL) committed in the approved Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to implement a reforestation offset programme as part of mitigation measures for acquiring and mining 101 hectares, out of the 568.56 hectares of the Ajenjua Bepo Forest Reserve.

The reforestation offset project is purely a tree forest plantation which is expected to cover 303 hectares, thus a threefold replacement of the 101 hectares NGRL acquired for its open pit mining.

The Executive Director of the Forest Services Division (FSD), Mr. Raphael Yeboah, said the collaborative enterprise of the two institutions was a demonstration of Newmont’s commitment to honour its obligation under the terms and conditions which led to the award of the contract to mine in a forest reserve.

Mr. Yeboah further mentioned that the implementation of the project would help the Forestry Commission to achieve its vision of leaving “future generations with a better, richer and more valuable natural resources than we inherited”.

Dr. Elaine Dorward- King, Executive Vice President, Sustainability and External Relations for Newmont, stated that the Akyem reforestation project offers Newmont another opportunity to demonstrate to the world, its little but significant contribution to the cause of good environmental management. He further mentioned that Newmont was a responsible steward and would work continuously towards attaining deeper commitment to environmental protection through strategic planning.

The signing of the MOU would see the commencement of the reclamation of 257 hectares of degraded forest land in the Kweikaru Forest Reserve in the Kade District of the Eastern Region.


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