Books and Handbooks

Bamboo Resources in Ghana: Diversity, properties, products and opportunities

Stephen Lartey Tekpetey

Bamboo Resources HandbookData and information on bamboo resources in Ghana are scattered and in various forms. This impedes quality research work and effective dissemination of information on this valuable resource. Especially in an era where there is the introduction of  new courses in Non-timber forest products especially bamboo in most forestry related educational institutions in Ghana, the publication of the  handbook of bamboo resources in Ghana will improve access to information and data on bamboo in Ghana.  The book titled ‘Bamboo Resources in Ghana: Diversity, properties, products and opportunities” was published with financial support of ITTO fellowship (Ref No 010/10A). It is divided into eight chapters with each chapter comprising data and information on different aspects of bamboo resources in Ghana.

The Impact of Logging Damage on Tropical Rainforests, their Recovery and Regeneration An Annotated Bibliography

W. D. Hawthorne, C. A. M. Marshall, M. Abu Juam and V. K. Agyeman

Impact of Logging Damage

This annotated bibliography is an output from a DFID/FRP project (R6716 – Impact of harvesting on forest mortality and regeneration in the high forest zones of Ghana). The aim of the project as a whole was to improve our knowledge of the negative impacts of logging in tropical rainforests, and to recommend improvements in the logging system. The focus of the bibliography therefore has a Ghanaian/West African slant, although papers from across the tropics are included as well as some relevant papers from temperate regions. At its core, the bibliography summarizes available knowledge on logging damage and recovery, forest regeneration, and the allometry, growth, dispersal, reproduction and death of trees related to logging disturbance. It also documents the logging system in Ghana. Some key zoological references are included, mainly thanks to the efforts of A. G. Johns and L. Darcy, which cover the impact of logging on tropical forest animal biodiversity, the role of animals as dispersers and pollinators, and as bio-indicators of forest condition. Social and economic impacts of logging are not treated, although they are of direct relevance to tropical forest management and conservation. This is a broad set of subject areas, each of which is extensive on its own, with a disproportionate amount of unpublished ‘grey’ literature circulating in internal reports and bulletins. We have tried to obtain some of the more relevant documents in the time available, but there must be very many more.

Mixed indigenous species plantations in Ghana

Compiled by:
P.P. Bosu, J.R. Cobbinah, B. Darko-Obiri, E.E. Nkrumah, S.S. Stephens & M. R. Wagner

Most forest plantations all over the world have been established using monoculture or single-species approach. Plantations consisting of two or more species on the same site, otherwise known as mixed-species plantations (or polycultures) are very few by comparison. One does not need to be an expert to figure why most tree growers prefer monoculture over mixed-species or polyculture systems. To a large extent, the motivation for most individuals or corporations to undertake tree plantation projects is economic. The objective may be to produce timber for construction, manufacture of furniture or some other secondary wood products. Plantations may also be established with the aim of producing utility poles, or raw materials for the manufacture of pulp and paper products. As the economic or financial return is key in all these ventures efforts are made to maximize the production of wood fibre with as little an investment as possible. Under such operational conditions, monoculture plantations are often preferred because of relative ease to establish and manage whether under small, medium or large-scale operations.

Chainsaw milling in Ghana, Context, drivers and impacts

Emmanuel Marfo

This report synthesizes the various studies and discussions that have been carried out on chainsaw milling (CSM) in Ghana. It is targeted to policymakers, researchers and indeed all stakeholders, both in Ghana and elsewhere. It is intended to provide up-to-date information about chainsaw milling in Ghana. It builds on various reviews and studies conducted between 2005 and 2009 (Odoom 2005; Adam et al. 2007a, b and c; Marfo, Adam and Obiri 2009; and TIDD/FORIG 2009), and on papers presented at an African regional workshop on chainsaw milling, held in Accra on 25-26 May 2009 (TBI 2009).

Soils of degraded forest reserves and key species for plantation development in Ghana

Victor K. Agyeman, James Senaya, Luke C. N. Anglaaere, Christian D. Dedjoe, Ernest G. Foli & Stella Britwum Acquah

This publication gives a description of consociations, associations and complexes of soils that are encountered in some forest reserves in Ghana. The information provided is mainly on the major characteristics of the soils encountered and their suitability for plantation development in the forest reserves. It does not capture information on the extent of individual soils found suitable for purposes other than commercial forest plantation development.

Over 50 per cent of all the degraded forest reserves earmarked for plantation development have soils that are generally considered very good (S1) and are capable of supporting good growth of the forest tree species selected for the establishment of plantations.

Equitable forest reserve plantation revenue sharing in Ghana

Victor K. Agyeman , Elijah Danso, Kofi A. Marfo, Alex B. Asare,Michael O. Yeboah & Fredua Agyeman

The Taungya system (TS) is an establishment method for reforestation where farmers are given parcels of poorly stocked forests to produce food crops and help replant the degraded forest areas. The TS is usually practised in areas where there is land shortage and was introduced in the country in the early 1920. The TS was however suspended in 1984 primarily because of policy and legislative failures on benefit sharing, poor security of tenure and resource use rights, abuse of system by farmers and inability of the Forestry Department (FD) - now the Forest Services Division (FSD) of the Forestry Commission (FC) to effectively supervise the programme.

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