MAC/20: Mines and Communities

Requested Action:

Published by MAC on 2003-04-28

Requested Action:

Please write polite letters to Ghanaian government officials and to the CEO of Newmont (one of five mining companies that is pressuring Ghana to open the forest reserves to mining).

Addresses in Ghana:

His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor
President, Republic of Ghana
P.O. Box 1627
Castle-Osu
Accra, Ghana (US postage: 80 cents)
FAX: Int'l code+233-21-663044 or 660246

Mrs. Cecilia Bannerman
Minister of Mines
P.O. Box T40
Accra, Ghana (US postage: 80 cents)
FAX: Int'l code+233 21 666801

* Tell them you support a coalition of Ghanaian organizations that opposes opening Ghana's forest reserves to mining.

* Congratulate them for ratifying the Convention on Biological Diversity and establishing protected areas.

* Urge them to maintain Ghana's laws that prohibit mining in forest reserves in order to protect globally significant biological diversity, conserve freshwater resources, and prevent toxic contamination of water and agricultural lands.

* Ask them to open a national discussion on the issue of mining in the forest reserves because Ghanaian citizens and NGOs should participate in a decision that affects the country's greatest natural resource and the welfare of future generations.

Address of Newmonth Mining Corporation

Wayne W. Murdy, CEO
Newmont Mining Corporation
1700 Lincoln Street
Denver, Colorado
USA 80203
Fax: Int'l code+303 837-6100

* Tell him you support a coalition of Ghanaian organizations that opposes opening Ghana's forest reserves to mining.

* Tell him Newmont should not pressure the Ghanaian government to change its laws to permit mining in forest reserves. Newmont should honor Ghana's ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and respect Ghana's protected areas.

* Urge him to cancel Newmont's gold mining project in the Ntronang forest reserve.

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