The object of this policy brief is to examine the gaps in the legal and regulatory framework governing the mining sector and offer recommendations to policy makers for the state to maximise benefits from the mining sector and minimise the negative effects of mining on the state.
This is in recognition of the fact that the existing mining sector policies have not been able to address pertinent issues in the sector such as:
1. Existing fiscal regime for the mining sector does not promote equitable benefits sharing among the state, mining affected communities and the industry.
2. Weak framework in the mining sector for reducing legacy issues in Ghana.
3. Adverse impacts/effects of mining on the environment and climate change.
4. Inadequate protection of rights of affected people in mining communities.
5. Not considering women vulnerability as a special case in the mining sector.
6. Not considering issues of the persons with disability living in mining areas and how to take their concerns into account during the life cycle on the mine.
The policy brief was developed after careful analysis of the documents governing the mining sector such as the Ghana’s Minerals and Mining Act, 2006, (Act 703), National Mining Policy, regulations and other sub regional policy documents.The policies governing the mining sector in Ghana have inherent gaps which limit the regulation of the sector and does not address the environmental, health, human rights, socio-cultural and livelihood issues confronting the sector.
The policy brief was developed in collaboration with the Centre for Public Interest Law and the Centre for Environmental Impact Analysis with support from Ford Foundation and OSIWA
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