Socio Economic Impacts Of Gold Mining

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UNIVERSITY OF GHANA DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF GOLD MINING AT DUNKWA-ON-OFFIN AND IT’S SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT BY ISHMAEL KWARTENG 10410625 THIS THESIS IS SUBMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF GHANA, LEGON IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE AWARD OF GEOGRAPHY AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT DEGREE DECLARATION I declare that this thesis is my own original work undertaken under the supervision of Dr. Emmanuel Attua and of the Department of Geography and Resource Development of University of Ghana, Legon. Whenever sources have been quoted and used, full acknowledgements have been made and that no part or the entirety of this work has been presented to another University for the award of a degree. DEDICATION This work is dedicated to my entire family for their moral, spiritual and financial supports. Special dedication also goes to Mr. and Mrs. Agyarko-Kwarteng for their numerous contributions and words of encouragement. CHAPTER ONE 1.1 INTRODUCTION 1.0.1 Background of the study To achieve rapid economic development, many countries resort to various activities to exploit natural resources. One of such activities is mining which is an important economic activity with the potential of contributing to the socio-economic development of an area. Although in South Africa, it is on a downward trend from its peak some decades ago (from 21% contribution to GDP in 1970 to just 6% in 2011), the mining
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