Save Oyarifa Hills and Prevent Flooding of Environs

Save Oyarifa Hills and Prevent Flooding of Environs

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Somubi Centre for Communication & Social Advancement started this petition to Ghana Environmental Protection Agency

In recent weeks, it has been observed with much horror and concern that the vast area of beautiful natural vegetation at Oyarifa Hills which has existed for centuries is now steadily disappearing. The once rich, green, calming view has now been replaced by red patches of graded down land following the thick forest there being audaciously violated. The deforestation and grading is ongoing from the looks of it. Word has it that this is to make way for the construction of residential properties by a Developer.

Besides the fact that this unfortunate deforestation of such a treasured area is totally at odds with the widely accepted global concept of preserving natural green areas for many good reasons, there is also the grave concern of devastating flooding being caused to surrounding areas by the absence of the green area to absorb any torrential rain water. The risk of landslides occurring for the same reason with far-reaching devastating consequences is also present.

In order that the grim potential hazards identified are alleviated, we believe that the following must happen.

1.  The intended conversion of the location into a residential property area must be halted.

2.  The entire area must be reforested and the resulting rich natural vegetation must be preserved.

Failing these, dire flooding instances and the associated adverse effects accompanying these will be much greater problems to contend with in the not too distant future.

We also request that the following information is provided:

1.  Whether an Environmental Impacts Assessment has been carried out on this project.

2.  Whether an Environmental Permit has been issued to the Developers of the said residential estate.

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