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Title: Does forest restoration using taungya foster tree species diversity? The case of Afram Headwaters Forest Reserve in Ghana
Authors: Boakye, Emmanuel A.
van Gils, Hein
Osei Jr, Edward M.
Asare, Veronica N. A.
Keywords: Agro-forestry
Forest restoration
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: African Journal of Ecology
Citation: African Journal of Ecology, 2012
Abstract: The taungya agro-forestry system is an under-researched means of forest restoration that may result in high tree diversity. Within a forest reserve in Ghana, the forest core and its surrounding Teak- and Cedrela-taungya on logged, cropped and burned land were mapped with ALOS satellite imagery. Native trees, seedlings and saplings were enumerated in 70 random, nested plots, equally divided between forest and taungya. The native tree regeneration was assessed by species richness (SR), Shannon-Wiener Index (SWI), Shannon Evenness Index (SEI) and species density (SeD) for seedlings, saplings and trees separately and combined and subsequently correlated with canopy covers (CC) in taungya. As anticipated, the taungya diversity was lower than the forest diversity but higher than reported from nontaungya exotic plantations. In the forest, the diversity of native trees increased from seedlings through saplings to trees. The reverse was found in the taungya. Taungya seedling diversity was not significantly different from the forest, while the sapling and tree diversity were significantly lower. Weak correlations of CC with SR, SWI, SEI and SeD were found. Our results suggest the need for treatment to maintain the tree diversity beyond the seedling stage in the taungya.
Description: An article published by African Journal of Ecology, 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10581
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