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There were reports in that showed that ‘galamsey’ operations in the East Akyem District were polluting the Birim, Densu and Ayensu rivers which served as. Recently, there have been efforts by stakeholders to monitor illegal mining ( galamsey) activities, foster their formalization and reclaim the many abandoned. Ghana, one of the world’s biggest producers of cocoa beans, is facing a leased to galamsey miners in an effort to regulate their operations.

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The government in collaboration with multinational mining companies has on several occasions expressed worry about the trend of galamsey operations in the country and has tried alternative ways to wean practitioners off their dangerous trade by introducing alternative livelihood schemes in all mining communities.

Apart from unemployment, another highly contributory factor to the frequent yhana of galamsey sites in Ghana is the lack of job security. The implications are that a significant number of people are not gainfully employed. Parliament Passes Minerals, Mining Law. Contributed reagents, materials, analysis tools or data; Wrote the paper. Making it Work; for You. The activities of these illegal miners have heightened the insecurity in the area for their employees as the illegal miners have resorted to the use of sophisticated weapons to protect their operations.

The footprints of galamsey in Ghana: The Western Region under the microscope – IGC

Nyarkob Olerations Appiah-Effahb and A. Where more machinery is needed, the sponsor enters the equation as the largest shareholder and provides for the workers. Geography, Environmental science, Earth sciences. To limit confusion over which operation is illegal or legal, the operational attributes of the various galamsey types identified during the review [1] was very helpful.

Operates near water bodies and requires high volume of clean water for operation.

gjana The mill-houses total sightings and individuals within clusters were found to be fairly distributed across the selected districts, except Ellembelle and Nzema East where none was encountered.


Where limited or no entry access is granted, it was still possible to rapidly collate core information needed from the peripheries of the site and from inhabitants of the community and engaged locals. After gathering all the necessary information, a survey questionnaire was prepared to capture basic demographic characteristics of the opeations hosting galamsey operations, GPS coordinates of galamsey site, type and organization of galamsey operation, status of the operation, land take estimates and visual assessment of environmental impacts.

And apart from that, the employers may pay poorly due to the availability of skilled unemployed people ready to take up your position when you are relieved of your duties. The Galamsej East district recorded the second highest number of galamsey activities among the eleven selected districts for the study Table 3. Your email address will not be published.

In terms of their activity statuses, abandoned operations entailing individual operationsactive entailing individuals operations and 48 semi-active comprising individuals within clusters galamsey operations were sighted at the time of the study.

OpenDataKit, Training Guides https: If this is not the height of impunity, then I do not know what else is. Due to the violent and radical operationx of some galamseyers, it is possible to encounter a number of security risks when undertaking the study and was prepared to anticipate in advance and circumvent operatiins potential security pitfalls [ 89666768697071 ]. Underground mining, has been carried out at old Tamso Mine, extending across the Ankobra basin to the Iduapriem concessions and Fanti Mine, but has since the late s ceased in the Tarkwa, Abosso and Nsuaem areas, making them an excellent haven for illegal operators [49].

The footprints of galamsey in Ghana: The Western Region under the microscope

There is however lack of adequate knowledge of the various galamsey types and operational attributes as well as their spatial distribution pattern across the ten regions of Ghana. Report on the Performance of the Mining Industry http: The district also has approximately 86 registered ASM operations [46]thereby limiting the room for galamsey operations.

The pollution of rivers also has significant effects on the activities of the Ghana Water Company in its mandate to provide safe drinking water to Ghanaians. The data collection framework The data collection for the study involved two distinct phases namely the planning and preparatory phase and field data collection phase.


The granite deposits in the district make most parts of it rich in minerals like gold. Although a number of research works have been completed, and there have been several commentaries in the mass media, none operatuons these systematically and comprehensively provide details on the environmental character of galamsey and present the tools operationw for clean-up and site restoration. Galamsey has assumed a status as one of the most talked about environmental issue and perhaps the greatest societal menace in Ghana today [ 1011 ].

Causes and effects of galamsey in Ghana

Additionally, extensive damage to farm lands cocoa, rubber plantations, food crops etc. In terms of their activity statuses, abandoned operations were sighted corresponding to individuals within clustersactive galamsey sightings corresponding to individuals within clusters and 48 semi-active operations were also seen.


This page was last edited on 20 Decemberat The three main geological soil formations in the district are the Upper Birimian, Lower Birimian and Granites. Wassa West District Assembly. The factors that tend to drive galamsey operators away from their activities or lead to their closure either permanent or temporarily include high rainfall and flooding events, ore shortages, low gold price and intensified security patrol programs.

The tributaries of River Tano and River Ankobra in the communities are mined for alluvial gold within the two districts [ 615960 ]. The tools of such opeerations are usually quite basic but can range from simple implements along streams and rivers to a more complex set ups.