Lawrence Damnyag (PhD)

Position: Principal Research Scientist

HOD: Forest Products & Marketing

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Professional Fields of Interest:

Forest Science:- Forest Economics

Professional Background

2008-2012    PhD Forest Science/Forest Economics, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland,
1998-2000    Master of Philosophy in Economics, University of Ghana
1993-1996    Bachelor of Arts (Hon), Economics with Statistics, University of Ghana

Membership of Professional Associations:

European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE)
Scandinavian Society of Forest Economics (SSFE)

Other Training:

29 October-10 November 2007 Landscape functions and people: Applying strategic planning approaches for good natural resource governance. Organized by Wageningen International and Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC) in Bangkok, Thailand.

October 4 to 18, 2004 Decision Making In Natural Resources Management: Economics for the Environment, organized by the International Agriculture Centre, Wageningen, Netherlands.

Research areas/interest:

  • Farm, forest and environmental resources valuation, employing various valuation techniques including application of Decision Support Tools-Multicriteria Analysis (MCA)
  • Developing sustainability impact assessment methods that include participatory stakeholder involvement, specification of indicators and their application in forest/agricultural sector, iii) Economic modeling of agro forestry and forestry systems, and iv) Agricultural/Forest investment appraisals; International forest policy; Carbon finance and marketing.

Refereed Journal Papers

  • Mwinkom, F. X. K., Damnyag, L, Abugre, S., Alhassan, S. I., 2021. Factors Influencing Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in North-Western Ghana: Evidence of Farmers in the Black Volta Basin in Upper West Region. SN Applied Science, 3:548;
  • Damnyag, L., Bampoh, A.A. 2021. Farmers’ forest values and preferences for strategies for managing smallholder forest plantations established on state reserve lands, Ghana. Small-Scale Forestry Journal DOI: 10.1007/s11842-020-09467-0
  • Afriyie-Kraft, L., Zabel, A., Damnyag, L. 2020. Index-based weather insurance for perennial crops: A case study on insurance supply and demand for cocoa farmers in Ghana. World Development Perspectives. 20:100237
  • Mensah, E., k., Damnyag, L., Kwabena, S.N. 2020. Analysis of charcoal production with recent developments in Sub-Sahara Africa: A review. African Geographical Review
  • Bampoh, A.A., Damnyag, L. 2020. Evaluation of non-market environmental services in smallholder forest plantations with choice experiments in Dormaa forest district, Ghana. Canadian Journal of forest Research. 50:829-826
  • Oduro, K. A., Damnyag,.L., Abukari, H., Abbey, A., Obeng, A.,E., Twumasi-Ankra, A., Foli, E. 2020. Livelihood assets and predicted effects of REDD+ Implementation in some farming communities in the transition and high forest zones in Ghana. Ghana Journal of Forestry 36(1):34-57
  • Afriyie-Kraft, L., Zabel, A., Damnyag, L. 2020. Adaptation of Ghanaian cocoa farmers under changing climate. Forest Policy and Economics. 113:102-115
  • Saala, A., Damnyag, L. 2019. Exploring household’s attitude, compliance behavior and willingness-to-pay for savanna grassland conservation in Wa West District, Ghana. Ghana Journal of Forestry. 35:16-33
  • Damnyag, L., Anglaaere, L.C.N., Tease, F., Bani, K.B., Bawuah, A.E. 2017. Analysis of farmers’ willingness to pay for tree integration on farmlands in Ankasa Conservation Area, Ghana. Ghana Journal of Forestry. 33: 16-30.
    Bani, B. K., Damnyag, L. 2017. Farmers’ willingness to pay for ecosystem services to enhance agricultural production in Sene East District, Ghana. Small-Scale Forestry 16(4):451-467.
  • Telahun, M., Damnyag, L., Anglaaere, L. C.N. 2016. The Ankasa Forest Conservation Area of Ghana: ecosystem service values and on-site REDD+ opportunity cost. Forest Policy and Economics, 73: 168-176.
  • Damnyag, L., Saastamoinen, O., Blay, D., Dwomoh, K.F., Anglaaere, C.N.L., Pappinen, A. 2013. Sustaining protected areas: identifying and controlling deforestation and forest degradation drivers in the Ankasa Conservation Area, Ghana. Biological Conservation, 165: 86-94.
  • Damnyag, L. Saastamoinen, O, Appiah, M., Pappinen, A. 2012. Role of tenure insecurity in deforestation in Ghana’s high forest zone. Forest Policy and Economics, 14 (1): 90-98.
  • Hansen, C.P., Damnyag, L., Obiri, B.D., Carlsen, K. 2012. Revisiting illegal logging and the size of the domestic timber market: The case of Ghana. International Forestry Review, 14(1): 39-49.
  • Damnyag, L., Tyynelä, T., Appiah, M., Saastamoinen, O., Pappinen, A., 2011. Economic cost of deforestation in semi-deciduous forests-A case of two forest districts in Ghana. Ecological Economics, 70 (12): 2503-2510.
  • Obiri, B.D., Damnyag, L. 2011. Socio-economic contribution of illegal chainsaw milling to the Ghanaian rural economy. Ghana Journal of Forestry, 27: 50-67
  • Owusu, F.W., Appiah, J.K., Damnyag, L., Blay, D., 2011. Comparative analysis of recovery efficiencies of some milling techniques in Ghana. Ghana Journal of Forestry, 27:87-102 (Special edition)
  • Appiah, M., Damnyag, L., Blay, D., Pappinen, A. 2010. Forest and agro ecosystem fire management. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 15 (6): 551–570.
  • Appiah, M., Blay, D., Damnyag,L., Pappinen, A., Luukkanen, O., 2009. Dependence on forest resources and tropical deforestation in Ghana. Environ Dev and Sustain, 11(3):471-487
  • Blay, D., Appiah M., Damnyag L., Dwomoh F., Luukkanen, O., Pappinen A. 2008. Involving local farmers in the rehabilitation of degraded tropical forests: Some lessons from Ghana. Environ Dev Sustain, 10:503-518.
  • Blay D., Damnyag, L., Twum-Ampofo., K., Dwomoh, K. F. 2007. Charcoal production as sustainable source of livelihood in Afram plains and Kintampo North Districts in Ghana. Discovery and innovation, 19:199-204.
  • Blay, D., Appiah, M., Damnyag, L., Dwomoh, K.F., Pappinen, A., 2007. Rehabilitation of degraded forest lands: The performance of indigenous tree species. Discovery and innovation, 19: 212-221.
  • Overbosh G., Bart Van den Boom, N.N.N Nsowah Nuamah and L. Damnyag, 2004. Determinants of use of antenatal care service in Ghana. Journal of African Economies, 13 (2): 277-301.

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