"Ghana's mining laws need reform"

Monday, 17 March, 2014

Ghanaian human rights and environmental mining advocacy organization, WACAM, has claimed that Ghana’s resource extraction laws need reform as they do not address community rights or concerns.

Hannah Owusu-Koranteng, Associate Executive Director of WACAM said last week that “a critical look at the Minerals and Mining Act (703) reveals that it had no provisions on human rights audits and reporting in mining as well as conflict resolution mechanisms.”

She also expressed concern over a lack of ‘no-go’ areas, leaving all natural habitats open to exploitation, and that Ghana's laws were “silent on provisions that address cyanide spillages and chemical pollution of water bodies as well as community participation in decision-making processes.”

Her comments come amid several developments in Ghana that will see increasing CSR activity in the mining and energy sector.

New laws promote indigenous supply chain usage from the oil industry, whilst the Ghanaian president John Mahama called for more substantial CSR efforts from extractive companies.  

WACAM is currently undertaking a 15 month project “to strengthen capacity of community-based organisations and mining communities for effective engagement and advocacy for reforms in mining the laws.”