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|Title: ||TOWARD EQUITABLE BENEFIT SHARING MECHANISM FOR GHANA'S OFF-RESERVE TIMBER RESOURCES: STAKEHOLDERS’ PERCEPTION|
|Authors: ||Dumenu, W. K.|
Pelz, D. R.
|Keywords: ||Benefit sharing|
|Issue Date: ||2014|
|Publisher: ||Ghana J. Forestry|
|Citation: ||Ghana J. Forestry, Vol. 30 (1), 2014. 16 - 33|
|Abstract: ||The inequitable nature of existing benefit sharing arrangement pertaining to naturally occurring timber trees in off-reserve areas has proven a disincentive for sustainability of the resources. Calls to revise the benefit sharing arrangement have remained rhetorical for nearly two decades partly because of the failure to determine acceptable basis of equity. Consequently, this paper through a participatory research approach applies an analytical framework to determine the basis of equitable benefit sharing and potential beneficiary stakeholders. The results revealed that equitable benefit sharing should be based on roles/inputs and the bundle of rights of stakeholders. Consistent with the equity bases, farmers, Forestry Commission (FC), District Assemblies (DA), Traditional Authorities (TA) were identified as beneficiaries of economic benefits that accrue from naturally occurring timber trees in off-reserve areas. The mapping of stakeholders’ relative contributions to timber tree management indicates that, farmers, FC and DA incur direct costs and risks. Also, farmers performed direct tree management activities while FC, DA and TA provided indirect timber tree management roles and inputs. The results highlight the need to consider stakeholders’ relative roles, inputs, costs, risks and rights in revising the existing benefit sharing arrangement for equity and sustainability of off-reserve timber resources.|
|Description: ||This article is published in Elsevier|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Agric and Natural Resources|
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