Government of Ghana is set to commit some public funds to help restore the destroyed galamsey lands in the Western region
This is according to some environmental analysts.
There's been concerns about environmental degradation following the alarming rate of the devastating impacts of illegal mining activities on the environment.
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The unfortunate development has seen the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry halt illegal mining activities across the country
However, environmentalist Jones Mantey says the restoration cost could escalate in areas with grave destruction.
“A number of factors went into the model before coming up with the 1.4 billion cedis cost. This could even be revised and go higher because of the provisional costs and because galamsey keeps on growing and because of the huge rates prices keep on changing”.
Mr. Mantey added, “This 1.4 billion cedis is likely to go higher than what we are seeing. It is actually for earth works; before you can do restoration of land you need to do earth works, you need to impact the filling of pits, you need to seal some tunnels for the underground working, you need to do housekeeping you need to do a chemical study, and you need to look at a number of factors.”
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His comment follows a study on some eleven districts of the Western region which have been plagued with illegal mining activities.
The study looked at the extent of damage of water bodies , vegetation and land, also pointed out that three districts; Amenfi East, Tarkwa Nsuaem and Prestea Huni Valley have been worst hit by the illicit mining activities.