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|Title: ||Modified taungya system in Ghana: a win–win practice for forestry and adaptation to climate change?|
|Authors: ||Kalame, Fobissie B.|
Ajayie, Oluyede C.
|Issue Date: ||2011|
|Publisher: ||E n v i r o n m e n t a l S c i e n c e & P o l i c y|
|Citation: ||En v i r o n m e n t a l S c i e n c e & P o l i c y 1 4 ( 2 0 1 1 ) 5 1 9 – 5|
|Abstract: ||The formulation and implementation of an adaptation strategy is of growing concern to
governments. The adaptation policy framework (APF) sets out indicative activities and
features of an adaptation strategy. Understanding the extent to which existing practices can
support adaptation in societies and ecosystems is an important step towards the solution.
This study uses vulnerability, policy and financial analyses to investigate the compatibility
of the modified taungya system (MTS) (a reforestation programme) in Ghana with the
indicative activities of the APF. The findings indicate that MTS takes into consideration most
of the activities of an adaptation strategy, is a profitable venture (BCR > 1) and has a high
potential to reduce vulnerability due to short-term food production and long-term plantation
establishment. Resource management in MTS is promising in the short term, but
challenges remain to meet livelihood and adaptation needs in the medium and long term.
Policy instruments related to MTS align with the forestry, climate change and the development
goals of Ghana. We conclude that MTS is a potential win–win practice for forestry and
adaptation. The legalization of all contractual arrangements coupled with continuous
monitoring, evaluation and improvement may drive MTS to become a lasting activity that
will support the long-term horizon of an adaptation strategy.|
|Description: ||En v i r o n m e n t a l S c i e n c e & P o l i c y 1 4 ( 2 0 1 1 ) 519- 530. Also availab le at www.sciencedirect .co m|
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