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Title: Land Use and Misuse; Human Appropriation of Land Ecosystems Services in Ghana
Authors: Appiah, Divine Odame
Osman, Balikisu
Boafo, James
Keywords: Land use
Ecosystems services
Biodiversity degradation
Trade-off
Millennium ecosystem
Assessment services
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: International Journal of Ecosystem
Citation: International Journal of Ecosystem 2014, 4(1): 24-33 DOI: 10.5923/j.ije.20140401.04
Abstract: The objective of this paper is to espouse sustainability dimensions of human appropriation of ecosystems services in Ghana. This objective underpins the scientific arguments throughout this paper. Ghana abounds in natural resources. The exploitation of these resources has not been done without reservation. The increasing demand on land ecosystems services both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, stem from the increasing population pressures. Although the national land policy stipulates land use scruples, implementation bottlenecks tend to render the policy inefficacious. In situations where policy, plans and programmes are rolled to ensure strategic sustainable utilization and management of these ecosystems services, implementations strategies by government institutions such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as compliance by the general populace have been largely stymied. This paper interrogates the perpetual human demands on the natural ecosystems and how their activities affect the potential sustainability of land ecosystem services. This has been done using preponderance of secondary information and documented practices, analysed within the context of the imports of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Protocol and the concept of Ecosystem Trade-off. The paper concludes that a deviation from the status quo is imperative in ensuring sustainable environmental management practices that sustain ecosystems services for national development and intergenerational equity in Ghana.
Description: An article published by International Journal of Ecosystem 2014, 4(1): 24-33 DOI: 10.5923/j.ije.20140401.04
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10668
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