It’s been described as “one of the best places for biodiversity on the planet”. But there are fears the Atewa Range Forest Reserve in Ghana is under threat because of what’s under the soil – bauxite.
In a scenario familiar across Africa, China has promised Ghana billions of dollars’ worth of infrastructure projects in exchange for access to mine the rock.
Daryl Bosu, deputy national director of the environmental group A Rocha Ghana, said that could cause “big, big trouble.
“The way bauxite mining is done is not like gold, where you can take out the sand, put it somewhere and fill it back,” he told AFP.