Technologies for Forest Management, Utilization and Development

Compiled by: Stella B. Acquah, Sarah Pentsil, Naomi Appiah, William K. Dumenu and Bukari Daramani

Handbook Over the years, CSIR-FORIG has developed a number of technologies and interventions through research. Technology here refers to ‘any specific information and know-how, tangible or intangible, required to solve a problem or for the development, production, management or use of resources (Wikipedia, 2012, UNESCO, 1985). Th e technologies generated at CSIR-FORIG are aimed at combating environmental degradation, safeguarding the sustainable use of the nation’s forest resources and improving rural livelihood. All these technologies have the potential to contribute positively to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of Ghanaians. However, many of the technologies have not been properly packaged, publicised and transferred to target stakeholders, users and the general public in comprehensible language.

CSIR-FORIG provides a variety of forestry-related products and services. Th e products include forest products (seeds, seedlings and wood thinnings), chemical products (gums, tannins, dyes, prekese syrup), prototype wood products (beds, chairs etc.) developed from Lesser Used Species and non-timber forest products (mushrooms, snails, honey). The services provided by CSIR-FORIG include contract research, consultancy, training workshops (on transferable technologies), ecotourism and information and communication services. Th e knowledge-based products of CSIR-FORIG are developed technologies packaged, presented and published in local and international Journals, technical reports, conference/workshop papers, theses, manuals/guides, brochures and flyers. Technical extension services are also provided.

This Handbook is a compendium of information on technologies developed in CSIR-FORIG over the years in the areas of environmental reclamation, forest plantation development, wood processing and utilization and non-timber forest products management, utilization and domestication. It only contains highlights of the technologies but not full descriptions. It is intended to bring technologies to the doorstep of users and bridge the gap between technology development and application. Additionally, it would also help scientists in identifying gaps where critical information is lacking so that further research could be conducted without unwarranted duplication. Th e Handbook would also enable policymakers to make informed decisions on issues relating to the environment which are critical to sustainable development. Ultimately, the adoption of forest management-related technologies could also facilitate proper management of forest resources in the country.

Several sources were utilized for the compilation of information on technologies, notably institutional repository, internet, Journals, posters and technical and annual reports. In addition, the technologies were identified by liaising with scientists and technicians to solicit their views. The information presented in this Handbook gives a brief background about the technology, users of the technology, technology outcomes and limitations (if any). It is presented through main headings, via, Forest Management and Plantation Development; Wood Processing and Utilization, and Non-Timber Forest Products.