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Title: Challenges of managing Forest Reserves: case study of Atewa Range Forest Reserve, Ghana
Authors: Ayivor, J.S.
Gordon, C.
Adomako, J.K.
Ntiamoa-Baidu, Y.
Keywords: Protected Areas
Natural Resource Management
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: FAO Regional Office for Africa
Citation: Nature & Fauna 25 (2) 56-63
Abstract: Forests provide livelihoods to considerable numbers of rural communities in Africa. Unfortunately, most of the continent’s forests and their resources are under intense pressure and threat from inimical human activities associated with high population growth and economic demands. Efforts at regulating overexploitation and conversion of forests through the bio-reserves concept face several challenges due to livelihood pressures. The importance of forest as a repository of biodiversity, provider of ecosystems services, bequest value, cultural importance and intrinsic value cannot be compromised. Using the Atewa Range forest reserve as a case study, this paper examines the various challenges faced by the Forest Services Division of Forestry Commission of Ghana in managing forest reserves in Ghana in the face of pressure from other users. It discusses the concept of protected area establishment as a way of in-situ biodiversity conservation and highlights the institutional arrangements put in place for their effective management. The study identified several challenges facing the Atewa Range forest reserve despite the efforts of the Forest Services Division to maintain its integrity. The study concludes that greater support for law enforcement and greater inclusiveness of local people as well as support from private sector that provides increased livelihood opportunities for the poor would help reduce forest exploitation.
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Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science (DABCS)

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