Galamsey mining has become an increasingly important driver of environmental degradation in Ghana, based on stakeholder consultations, inquiries from donors and current events. This unregulated activity takes place in rural areas near existing regulated mines. The activity has important negative impacts on forests and waterways. Despite its negative impacts, it plays a key role in local economies and creates employment for a large part of the local population. It is envisaged that the methodologies applied for the charcoal monitoring service will be adaptable to support this service and the two services together will provide a cohesive picture of environmental conditions.
Galamsey endemic areas have been identified and mapped with Sentinel 1 and 2 image data. A portal has been launched and can be found at: http://tethyscer.servirglobal.net/apps/ssmportal/