jan 31, 2018 galamsey sites in ghana are located near rivers and some near what used to one be a blossoming forest areas full of trees that attracted rain and slowed down global warming. now, with the emergence of these galamsey sites, trees are being cut down. the rain is becoming scarce and global warming is being felt. another effect of galamsey is that it causes domestic,the footprints of galamsey in ghana the western,oct 01, 2014 within the small-scale gold mining sector is galamsey, a local term used in ghana for illegal or unregulated gold mining operations. illegal gold mining operations are criticised heavily throughout ghana due to their detrimental environmental effects, which many believe outweigh any possible economic and cultural justifications.