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Ghana Conservation Activists Fight Against China-backed Bauxite Mine in Rainforest

The Atwea rainforest. Photo via Ghana News Agency.

The Awaso bauxite mine is emerging as a critical flashpoint in China-Africa environmental ties and highlights tensions common to many countries between the need for African countries to best exploit its natural resources and the use of Chinese financing for projects in and around the continent’s rapidly diminishing rain forests.

3 Reasons Why This is an Important Story:

  • Deforestation has massively reduced the size of the forests around the mine and conservationists are concerned that the new roads being built to service the mine will only expedite the destruction of this ecosystem.

Just as Kenyans activists were up against both Chinese state-back interests and their own government in their fight against the construction of a coal-fired power plant on Lamu island, Ghanian conservationists are battling similar forces in the struggle against the development of the Awaso bauxite mine. The Kenyan activists, led by deCOALonize, were successful in part because they brought significant international attention to the case, which so far, is not happening with Ghana bauxite mine case.

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