Forest Plantation Development and Management in Ghana



Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: SCI026000

This book is divided into five main parts: plantation forestry in context; forest growth dynamics and assessments; plantation silviculture and management; forest plantation economics and international climate change policy; and conclusions. The introductory chapters provide the context for plantation development by highlighting the importance of Ghana’s forest resources and their current state, why plantations are a major part of the solution to present and future wood scarcity and the barriers, and opportunities and incentives for plantation development in Ghana.

Part II of the book is dedicated to describing forest growth dynamics, forest measurements and forest resource inventory methods. Part III begins with descriptions of the critical silvics of six tree species that have been grown and /or promoted for forest plantation development in Ghana, followed by a chapter on plantation silviculture, including descriptions of seed collection, nursery practices and planting. The final chapter in Part III focuses on managing forest plantations for rural development and environmental protection. An important consideration in plantation establishment is the economics of forest plantations vis-à-vis other land uses.

Part IV concentrates on the economics of plantations, and describes the tools and data requirements for carrying out economic analyses of plantation forestry investments, the alternative models for determining the optimal rotation age of plantations, and a final chapter on the economics of managing plantations within the context of international climate change policies. The concluding Part V contains two chapters. The first one describes the approaches to achieving sustainable forest management in Ghana and the final chapter discusses recommendations on the necessary conditions for accelerating plantation development in Ghana.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


pp. vii-viii

Book Summary

pp. ix

Part I. Plantation Forestry in Context

pp. 1

Chapter 1. Overview of Ghana’s Forest Sector

pp. 3-34

Chapter 2. Considerations in Forest Plantation Development

pp. 35-62

Chapter 3. Challenges of, and Opportunities for, Plantation Development

pp. 63-80

Part II. Forest Growth Dynamics and Assessments

pp. 81

Chapter 4. Forest Growth Dynamics and Productivity

pp. 83-98

Chapter 5. Forest Plantation Measurements

pp. 99-122

Chapter 6. Forest Resources Inventory

pp. 123-182

Part III. Plantation Silviculture and Management

pp. 183

Chapter 7. Critical Silvics of Selected Plantation Species

pp. 185-212

Chapter 8. Plantation Establishment and Protection

pp. 213-232

Chapter 9. Plantation Management Operations

pp. 233-254

Chapter 10. Rural Development and Environmental Plantation Forestry

pp. 255-284

Part IV. Forest Plantation Economics and International Climate Change Policy

pp. 285

Chapter 11. Forest Plantation Economics

pp. 287-320

Chapter 12. The Forest Rotation Decision

pp. 321-340

Chapter 13. International Climate Change Policies and Forest Plantations

pp. 341-362

Part V. Conclusions

pp. 363

Chapter 14. Towards Sustainable Forest Management in Ghana

pp. 365-378

Chapter 15. Necessary Conditions for Successful Plantation Forestry Development

pp. 379-384


pp. 385-420

Authors’ Contact Information

pp. 421


pp. 423-440

Additional Information

The book is particularly appropriate for undergraduate courses in plantation forestry, forest mensuration, inventory, forest economics and rural development, though graduate students and other forestry practitioners and general interest readers would find the material as a very useful reference. Some of the content is beyond the undergraduate level, but this was intended to provide additional material for graduate students looking for guidance on research methods for either their course work or for their theses.

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