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|Title: ||Exploring the future of timber resources in the high forest zone of Ghana|
|Authors: ||ODURO, K.A.|
HOOGSTRA, M .A.
|Issue Date: ||2014|
|Abstract: ||Ghana's forests, particularly the timber resources, face an uncertain future, because of high deforestation rate, a rapidly resource base, rapid population growth and increasing demand for timber. This paper explores the future development in Ghana by constructing scenarios and considering options policy-makers could take to ensure sustainable future development resource. Data was collected by reviewing the literature and consulting experts. The scenarios follow the deductive approach, potential interactions among key driving forces as selected by experts. The two most important driving forces for the future selected by the experts were forest governance and resource demand. Four plausible scenarios were developed: legal forestry emphasis on improving the resource base to meet high demand; forest degradation, a business-as-usual scenario; forest on expanding the resource base in response to environmental concerns; and timber substitution scenario seeking to provide conserve the resource base. The scenarios provide insights for policy making and strategic planning for forest resource To ensure a sustainable future for timber resources, policy reform is needed, focusing on land and tree tenure, revenue schemes and satisfying the domestic demand|
|Description: ||This article is published in Jastor|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Agric and Natural Resources|
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