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Title: The Political Ecology of Wetlands in Kumasi, Ghana
Authors: Campion, Benjamin Betey
Owusu-Boateng, Godfred
Keywords: Floods
Political ecology
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: International Journal of Environment and Bioenergy
Citation: International Journal of Environment and Bioenergy, 2013, 7(2): 108-128
Abstract: Urban wetlands are under serious threats. Rising land values and weak land administration in the urban areas of Ghana aggravate this problem. There have been incessant conflicts between the stakeholders in delineating and managing wetland areas. This research therefore seeks to investigate the political ecology of urban wetlands in Kumasi, Ghana in relation to the definition and delineation of urban wetland areas. The soil, vegetation and drainage conditions of some flood prone suburbs of Kumasi were studied. Questionnaire survey and focus group discussions were used to collect and collate the characteristics, reasons, conditions and experiences of residents of flood prone suburbs of Kumasi. It was found that the houses in these neighbourhoods were built in wetland areas. The nature and type of soil, vegetation and the waterlogged conditions of these suburbs proved them to be wetlands. However, the land ownership system is an impediment to the successful management of these wetlands by the city authorities. The study concludes that the right definition and delineation of wetlands will not solve the problem of people building in wetland areas in Kumasi and Ghana as a whole. The city authorities should not only delineate wetlands but also acquire the area, put it to sustainable use and share the benefits with the land owners.
Description: An article published by International Journal of Environment and Bioenergy, 2013, 7(2): 108-128, 2013
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/6172
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