Mr. William K. Dumenu

Mr. William K. DumenuPosition: Research Scientist
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Professional fields of interest

Ecological and environmental economics, Biodiversity and ecosystem services’ sustainability under risk and uncertain, Forest policy, governance and livelihoods 

Educational background

2017 - to date PhD Environmental Economics and Resources Management, University of Freiburg, Germany
2010 MSc Forest Ecology and Management, University of Freiburg, Germany
2006 BSc Natural Resources Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Sci. and Tech., Ghana

Professional Background

2010 - to date Research Scientist, CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana
2007 - 2010 Assistant Research Scientist, CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana 

Research Projects

  • The economic insurance value of on-farm biodiversity in sustainable cocoa production in Ghana 
  • Developing REDD+ benefit sharing plan for Ghana Cocoa-Forest REDD+ Programme (GCFRP) Area 
  • Impact of artisanal milling on illegal chainsaw milling in Ghana
  • Benefit sharing mechanisms for REDD+ in Ghana
  • Socio-economic contribution and utilisation of non-timber forest products
  • Toward sustainable supply of Allanblackia planting materials: An assessment of the RRC Model

Selected publications

Foli, E.G. & Dumenu, W.K. 2017. Policy Brief: Rights-based approach to REDD+ implementation in Ghana – Addressing equitable benefit sharing, tree tenure and rights of vulnerable groups. IUCN-Ghana Project Office, Accra.

Dumenu, W.K. & Bandoh, W.N. 2016. Exploitation of African Rosewood (Pterocarpus erinaceus) in Ghana: A situation analysis. Ghana Journal of Forestry 32 (2016) 1-15.

Dumenu, W.K. & Obeng, E.A. 2016. Climate change and rural communities in Ghana: Social vulnerability, impacts, adaptations and policy implications.  Environ. Sci. and Policy 55 (2016) 208-217. 

Foli E.G & Dumenu, W.K. 2016. Synthesis of benefit sharing discourses in Ghana and proposals for a REDD+ benefit sharing mechanisms. CSIR-FORIG/IUCN, 21pp.

Marfo, E., Bosu, P., Dumenu, W. K., Nutakor, E., Samar, S.B, Agyei, F. K., Appiah, D. O. & Appiah, N. 2015. Impact Assessment of the EU Chainsaw Milling Project in Ghana, Tropenbos International, Wageningen, the Netherlands, 82pp.

Foli E.G & Dumenu, W.K. 2015. Assessing options for benefit sharing mechanisms for REDD+ implementation in Ghana. CSIR-FORIG/IUCN,19 pp.

Dumenu, W.K., Kyereh, B. & Pelz, D.R. 2014.  Toward equitable benefit sharing mechanism for Ghana's off-reserve timber resources: Stakeholders perception. Ghana Journal of Forestry. Ghana Journal of Forestry 30 (1): 16-33.

Dumenu, W.K., Derky, M.A., Samar, B.S., Oduro, K.A., Mensah, J.C., Pentsil, S.A, Nutakor, N. E., Foli, E.G. & Obeng, E.A. 2014. Benefit sharing mechanisms for REDD+ in Ghana. Ghana Forestry Commission, Ghana, xiii+ 56pp.

Dumenu, W.K. 2013. What are we missing? Economic value of an urban forest in Ghana. Ecosystem Services Vol. 5, 137–142. 

Dumenu, W.K., Obeng, A.E., Samar, B.S., Asiedu-Opoku, E. & Owusu-Sekyere, E. 2013. Understanding the dynamics of climate change impact on forest dependent livelihoods in rural Ghana. In: Leal Filho, W.  (ed.) Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. pp 411-424. 

Oduro, K.A., Foli, E.G. & Dumenu, W.K. 2011. Management for sustainable forestry in other tropical countries: Ghana. In:  Werger, Marinus J.A. (ed.). Sustainable Management of Tropical Rainforests: the CELOS Management System. Tropenbos International, Paramaribo, Suriname. pp. 242-254.


  • 2015 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship to attend summer school on ‘Integrated land use systems’. University of Freiburg, Germany.
  • 2012 European Forest Institute (EFI) fellowship to attend course on ‘Improving Forest Governance’. University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
  • 2012 IUFRO-SPDC grant to attend IUFRO-FORNESSA Regional Congress and participate in training workshop. Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 2011 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship to attend conference on ‘International food security, natural resources management and rural development’. Bonn, Germany.
  • 2008 Tropenbos-International, Ghana scholarship for master’s degree study at University of Freiburg, Germany.