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Practical Challenges in Managing Traditional Natural Resource Commons

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Abrampah, Tony M.
Conference: Governing Shared Resources: Connecting Local Experience to Global Challenges, the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons
Location: Cheltenham, England
Conf. Date: July 14-18, 2008
Date: 2008
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2075
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Social Organization
Region: Africa
Subject(s): traditional resource management
indigenous institutions
natural resources
Abstract: "The total area of Ghana is estimated at 23.9 million hectares of which 15.7 million hectares lie within the Savanna Zone while the remaining 8.2 million hectares lie within the tropical High Forest Zone (Ministry Of Lands And Forestry-MLF Ghana). Ghana is located on the West coast of Africa, along the gulf of Guinea and the Greenwich Meridian. Ghana is boarded by Burkina Faso to the north, Cote de Voire to the west, Togo to the east and to the south, the Atlantic Ocean that lies precisely on latitude (4-11.5) north and longitude (3.11) west, (1.11) east. In fact it is at the centre of the earth geographically. Hence a paper that spells out practical issues which borders on its natural resources is worth presenting. Not to mention the closeness of the Akuapem Mountains to the National capital of Ghana. Managing of natural resources poses a number of practical challenges due to a wide range of factors; religious believes, location of resource, biodiversity, cultural diversity of the indigenous dwellers, just to mention but a few. Akuapem Mountains has been chosen on this basis. Akuapem is about 40 kilometers north from the capital of Ghana (Accra) it is in a region called the Eastern Region. Located here is the Akuapem Mountain. The identification of the practical management challenges will in no doubt help give or provide effective management in and around Akuapem mountain forest. This paper seeks to use this appropriate platform to highlight the major challenges. And to help Provide effective management for the Akuapem Mountain, for maximum benefit of the Akuapem Mountain."

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