Forest tenure systems and sustainable forest management: the case of Ghana

Citation
Ce. Owubah et al., Forest tenure systems and sustainable forest management: the case of Ghana, FOREST ECOL, 149(1-3), 2001, pp. 253-264
Citations number
37
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Plant Sciences
Journal title
FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
ISSN journal
0378-1127 → ACNP
Volume
149
Issue
1-3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
253 - 264
Database
ISI
SICI code
0378-1127(20010801)149:1-3<253:FTSASF>2.0.ZU;2-C
Abstract
Adoption and implementation of sustainable forestry practices are essential for sustaining forest resources, yet development of effective policies and strategies to achieve them are problematic. Part of the difficulty stems f rom a limited understanding of the interaction between obtrusive; forest po licies and indigenous tenure systems and how this affects sustainable fores t management. This study uses a market framework to analyze the relationshi ps between individual components of forest tenure and sustainable forestry practices. Data from 21 rural communities in the forest belt of Ghana are u sed to evaluate theoretical propositions. Logistic regression models are us ed to predict willingness to engage in the preservation of indigenous, econ omically valuable trees, conservation of natural forests, and establishment of forest plantations. The number of farmers engaged in sustainable forest ry practices is small. While most tenure variables behaved as expected, sec urity of tenure and exclusiveness are less important to the practice of sus tainable forestry. Farmers, in their role as potential producers, perceive preservation of indigenous, economically valuable trees and conservation of forests as having a net cost to them, especially if compensation is not pa id for damage to crops resulting from logging operations of concessionaires . Current statutes in Ghana provide few incentives for farmers to engage in sustainable practices. The study also provides recommendations for forest tenure systems to function effectively. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.