The Contribution of Forests to Ghana’s Economic Development

Book of Abstracts

Editors: Joseph R. Cobbinah and Stella B. Acquah

The First National Forestry Conference titled ‘The Contribution of Forests to Ghana’s Economic Development’ was  held at FORIG Campus, Kumasi from 16-18 September 2014. The conference objective was to highlight the role of forests and woodlands on livelihoods, environmental management and economic development of Ghana. It was jointly organized and sponsored by the Forestry Commission (FC), Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG), Forestry Research Network of Sub-Saharan Africa (FORNESSA), College of Agriculture & Natural Resources (CANR) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Tropenbos International (TBI) Ghana, Ghana Timber Millers’ Organisation (GTMO), Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources (MLNR), and Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI).

The conference, which was attended by about 150 participants  was organized  to commemorate 100 years of forest management and 50 years of forestry research in Ghana. It provided a unique platform for scientists, researchers, forest managers,  policy makers , forest and wood industry players to share information and appraise their contribution to national development. A broad range of current and emerging issues of importance for the future of forests and their capacity to provide the environmental, economic, social, cultural, and health benefits that sustain rural and urban societies in the country were explored. Conference participants highlighted key needs for enhancing goods and services from forests and trees in Ghana’s forest landscapes, particularly taking into account the linkages between forests and food security, livelihoods, water, energy, climate change, biodiversity conservation , as well as the role of forests and trees on sociocultural and economic well being of society.

A total of about 100 abstracts  are listed under the relevant conference theme:

  1. Forests, Water and Climate Change
  2. Forests, Food Security and Livelihoods
  3. Forest Policy, Governance and Education
  4. Forest Products, Utilization and Trade
  5. Natural Forest, Wildlife and Plantation Management