Staff Profiles

Dr. Mark Appiah

Dr. Mark AppiahPosition: Principal Research Scientist / (Adj. Professor, Dr.Sci (Agri. & For.)
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Professional fields of interest

Tropical silvicutural research and practices; Agroforestry research and planning in the tropics; Community forestry research and planning; Forest Plantations in the tropics (forest rehabilitation and restoration actions)

Professional background

2013: Docent (Adjunct Professor of Tropical Forestry), Faculty of Science and Forestry, University of Eastern Finland
2003: Doctor of Science (Agric & For.), Major: Tropical Silviculture, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
1999: Master of Science (MSc), Land use in Developing Countries, Major: Agronomy, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL), Copenhagen, Denmark.
1995: Diploma in Agricultural Education, University College of Education, Mampong Campus, Ghana

Other Professional qualifications

2000:    Field programs on tropical forest ecology and silviculture organised by University of Helsinki and Kasetsart University in Thailand. (Biodiversity Assessment)
2000:    Post-graduate course on design and analysis of experiment, Graduate school of forest Science, Finland.
2002:    Post-graduate course in quantitative genetics and efficient plant breeding, NOVA University, Sweden
1999:    Post-graduate course on Analysis and Synthesis in Ecological Research, Graduate School of Forest Science, Finland.
1998:    Community Project evaluation: Participatory approaches of the Gwira-Banso Joint Forest Management Project in Ghana, in co-operation with DLH (Denmark) and Ghana Primewood Products, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL), Denmark.
1997:    Research Assistant, Biodiversity measurement training at the Danish Institute of Plant and Soil Sciences, Ministry of Agriculture,  Flakkebjerg, Denmark.

Research Projects

2015-Present: CSIR-FORIG Forest Improvement Wold Bank Project (FIP): Ecological Research, local capacity building and Enrichment plantations activities in the Western and Brong Ahafo Regions of Ghana.
2013-Present: CSIR-FORIG-University of Easter Finland (UEF) Graduate Program: Co-Project Initiator, International Coordinator and Lecturer
2012-2014: CIMO / University of Eastern Finland. Teachers and students exchange programme for Ghana (RESLAND). 97 000 €. Co-applicant and Coordinator 
2008 –2011    Academy of Finland project: Pappinen, A., Appiah, M., Restoration of indigenous forest landscape in Ghana: Interdisciplinary approach (380,000 Euro), Co-Applicant, Coordinator and Senior Investigator,
2003 –2006: Academy of Finland project (No. 206578): Pappinen, A., Appiah, M., Navarro, C., Rikkinen, J., Laxen, J., Luukkanen, O. managing the genetic resources of indigenous mahoganies in Africa and America: Development of multidisciplinary procedure. (260,000 Euro) Co-Applicant, Coordinator and Senior Investigator
2000–2002: Academy of Finland project: Luukkanen, O.,  Appiah, M., Laxen, J.,Yirdaw E., Teija J, Huang W. Holmberg G.,  Tropical forest management and rehabilitation as means of biodiversity conservation in Africa (218,000 Euro). (Co-Applicant and Senior Investigator)

Selected Publications

Appiah, M., Fagg, M. and Pappinen, A. 2015. A Review of Reforestation Approaches in Ghana: Sustainability and Genuine Local Participation Lessons for Implementing REDD+ Activities. European Journal of Scientific Research (EJSR) ISSN 1450-216X / 1450-202X Vol. 131 No 1 April, 2015, pp.70-99

Appiah, M. 2013. Tree population inventory, diversity and degradation analysis of a tropical dry deciduous forest in Afram Plains, Ghana. Forest Ecology and Management. 295 (2013) 145-154.

Appiah, M. 2011. Changes in species composition in a deciduous agroecosystem in Ghana following plantation establishment. Agroforestry Systems, 82:57-74.

Appiah, M, Damnyag L, Blay, D. Pappinen, A. 2010. Forest and agroecosystem fire management in Ghana Mitigation and Adaptation of Strategies for Global Change. 15 (6) 551-570.

Appiah, M. and Pappinen, A 2010. Farm forestry prospects among some local communities in Rachuonyo District, Kenya, Small-Scale Forestry. 9(3):297-316.

Appiah M, Blay, D, Damnyag L, Dwomoh, F, Pappinen, A and Luukkanen, O. 2009. Dependence on forest and tropical deforestation in Ghana. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 11(3):471-487.

Lawrence Damnyag, Tapani Tyynelä, Mark Appiah, Olli Saastamoinen, Ari Pappinen 2011. Economic cost of deforestation in semi-deciduous forests - a case of two forest districts in Ghana. Ecological Economics. 70 (12):2503-2510. Doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2011.08.012

Lawrence Damnyag, Olli Saastamoinen, Mark Appiah, Ari Pappinen 2011. Role of tenure insecurity in deforestation in Ghana's high forest zone. Forest Policy and Economics. 14 (1): 90-98. DOI:10.1016/j.forpol.2011.08.006

Appiah, M. 2001. Co-Partnership in Forest Management: The Gwira-Banso Joint Forest Management Project in Ghana. Environment, Development and Sustainability. Vol. 3 (4): 343-360.

Appiah, M. 2013. Growth responses of Milicia excelsa (Iroko) seedlings to water deficit: Implications for provenance selection in Ghana. Journal of Basic and Applied Scientific Research. Vol 3 (11), pp. 222-229.

Blay, D., Appiah, M, Damnyag L, Dwomoh, F, Luukkanen, O, and Pappinen A. 2008. Involving local farmers in rehabilitation of degraded tropical forests: some lessons from Ghana, Environment, Development and Sustainability. 10(4):503-518.

Appiah, M., Koskela, J., Cobbinah, J, R., Luukkanen, O., 2003. Early growth performance of 11 progenies of Iroko (Milicia excelsa) grown under different environmental conditions in Ghana. Ghana Journal of Forestry. Volume 11, p39-51

Appiah, M., 2003. Crown characteristic in four Iroko (Milicia excelsa) provenances grown in the dry semi-deciduous forest zone in Ghana. Ghana Journal of Forestry, Volume 11, p20-29.

 Awards/ Fellowship

2016: CSIR-FORIG award for best writer of Research Proposal
2001:Yearly award for outstanding student in Helsinki University: awarded by Mikko Kaloinen’s foundation, Finland
1999: Grants from the Academy of Finland Finnish Biodiversity Research Programme, 50400 Euro for work on the theme: Domestication of an indigenous tropical forest tree. Silvicultural studies on Iroko (Milicia excelsa), using ecophysiological characteristics as makers for selection of iroko provenances for plantation
1999: Grant from the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO). 6000 USD. Domestication of an indigenous tropical forest tree. Silvicultural studies on Iroko (Milicia excelsa), using ecophysiological characteristics as makers for selection of iroko provenances for plantation.
1998: Grant from DLH-Fonden, Denmark for work on the Subject: Co-partnership in Forest management involving the timber companies and local communities

 Scientific Affiliations and Committee membership

3 October 2016: Member, Interview Panel for post-graduate studies application, CSIR College of Science and Technology, CCST
14 April 2016: Member, Interview Panel for post-graduate studies application, CSIR College of Science and Technology, CCST
23 Mar 2016-Present: Member of Board of Directors, Tapaman Senior Secondary Technical School, Abotoase, Volta region
1st January 2016-Present: Member, Promotion Screening Committee, CSIR-FORIG
August 2012-Present; Board Member of the University of Eastern Finland-CSIR-FORIG Graduate School (ECORES)
20 Sept 2015-Present: Chairman, Implementation Committee for CSIR graduate programme, Kumasi Campus, Ghana
2013-Present: Board Member of FinCEAL Regional Advisory Group. (FinCEAL = Developing Finnish Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation between Europe, Africa and the LAC Region). Financially supported by Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

Member of the following Professional Organizations:
Feb 2006 Member Finnish University Partnership for International Development – UniPID
Jan 2008 Member African Forest Forum (AFF)
Jan 2010 Member The Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration