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Title: Tracing forest resource development in Ghana through forest transition pathways
Authors: Oduro, K.A.
Mohren, G.M.J.
Pe˜na-Claros, M.
Kyereh, Boateng
Arts, B.
Keywords: Ghana
Deforestation
Forest plantation
Reforestation
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: Tropical deforestation is a serious environmental and economic problem that has become a global issue due to climate change and biodiversity loss. Reducing tropical deforestation is seen as national and international priority, given its impacts on carbon emissions, biodiversity and rural livelihoods. Some developing countries have achieved a forest transition: a shift from net deforestation to net reforestation, whereby a few generic pathways have been identified. Such pathways usually depend on the social, economic, ecological and political contexts of a country. A better understanding of trends related to the pathways at the country level is necessary to identify which factors drive forest transition. This paper analyzes forest resources development trends in Ghana by focusing on forest transition pathways and discussing the implications for a forest transition in the country. The analysis indicates that there is currently no strong force toward a forest transition through any of the generic pathways. Existing trends are either too small-scale or too ineffective. To accelerate a forest transition in Ghana, policy and management options should target measures that reduce current degradation of closed natural forests, increase the area and productivity of commercial forest plantations, promote sustainable forest management, and support and encourage forest conservation and integration of trees into farming systems.
Description: This article is published in Elsevier and also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.05.020
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/13509
ISSN: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.05.020
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