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Title: Patterns of forest cover change and their association with forest management regimes of forest reserves in the high forest zone of Ghana
Authors: Ankomah, Frank
Kyereh, Boateng
Asante, Winston
Ansong, Michael
Keywords: Forest management
regimes; forest cover
change; protection; forest
degradation; production
forest; globally significant
biodiversity areas (GSBA)
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Abstract: This paper sought to determine how different forest management regimes influence the pattern of forest degradation at different periods in Ghana. The paper tested the hypotheses that timber production forests degrade faster than protection forests and forest degradation slows down with time. For monitoring the changes in forest cover, Landsat TM, ETM+ and Landsat 8 with a spatial resolution of 30 m were used in the mapping of land use/ land cover for the periods 1990, 2000, 2010 and 2014 using supervised classification technique. The results showed that forest degradation occurred at different rates within the period and was more rapid from 1990 to 2000 than from 2000 to 2010. Protected forests and Globally Significant Biodiversity Areas (GSBAs) declined in forest quality at the same rate as timber production forests and did not benefit from any extra protective measures. New strategies should be found to manage protection forests and GSBAs to ensure their optimum protection
Description: This article is published in Taylor & Francis and also available at https://doi.org/10.1080/1747423X.2019.1665116
URI: 10.1080/1747423X.2019.1665116
http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/13502
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