On-farm tree planting in Ghana's high forest zone: the need to consider carbon payments

T.F.G. Insaidoo, M.A.F. Ros-Tonen, E. Acheampong

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Abstract In Ghana, a policy reform in 2002 made provisions for ownership rights and benefit-sharing agreements to individuals who plant timber trees in off-reserve areas. Governmental and non-governmental organisations provided support for tree planting among smallholder farmers since in the expectation that rural livelihoods will be enhanced, while it could also give a boost to carbon sequestration. This chapter addresses livelihood aspect of the scheme, which is still limited due to a lack of timber proceeds and strongly dependent on outside actor support. Secure land and tree tenure, partnerships between farmers and public and/or private actors, as well as engagement in carbon credits generation can substantially enhance the sustainability of the tree-planting scheme and its potential contribution to rural livelihoods
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGoverning the provision of ecosystem services. Studies in ecological economics
EditorsR. Muradian, L. Rival
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer Science + Business Media
ISBN (Print)9789400751750
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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