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Title: The Application of the Ecosystem Approach to Mangrove management: Lessons for Ghana
Authors: Gordon, C.
Tweneboah, E.
Mensah, A.M.
Ayivor, J.S.
Keywords: Ecosystems
mangrove management
coastal populations
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: FAO
Citation: Nature & Faune, Vol. 24, Issue 1: 30-41
Abstract: The area of mangrove in Ghana has suffered significant depletion in the last 30 years. Causes of loss are based on anthropogenic pressures which will increase with population rise and the climate variability. The impact of this loss of mangrove cover reduces ecosystem services such as fish breeding and nursery as well as erosion control. These losses have a negative effect on marginalised coastal populations, especially women and the elderly. The FAO and CBD ecosystem approach to natural resource management provides a tool for government to revisit the issue of mangrove management in Ghana using adaptive management, participatory engagement with local communities and a holistic approach involving various disciplines. The immediate assessment of frameworks such as the ITTO Action Plan for Mangroves; the World Bank Code of Conduct for Mangrove Ecosystems for their implementation in the Ghanaian context should be carried out by Government. Capacity to apply the FAO system of ecosystem management needs to be built in Ghana
Appears in Collections:Department of Geography and Resources Development
Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies

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