The implications of stakeholders' perceptions of land for sustainable land use management in NE Ghana

Bugri, John, Glaves, Peter and Ridgway, Robert Broughton (2008) The implications of stakeholders' perceptions of land for sustainable land use management in NE Ghana. Journal of the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation, 2 (1). pp. 75-91.

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There are negative implications of changes in stakeholders traditional land perceptions for sustainable land use and management in north-east Ghana. In African tenurial systems, land use was based on a local mystical view of the environment and stakeholders broad-based knowledge of the local environments. These led to sustainable resource use and management. However, in the context of current political ecology of north-east Ghana as induced by increased population growth, urbanisation, the market economy, changes in religious beliefs, and government land policies, stakeholders understandings of land have acquired even greater importance in issues of sustainable land resource use and management. A mixed methodological approach, combining both qualitative and quantitative data gathering techniques for information on stakeholders land perceptions, was used to analyse their implications for sustainable land use and management. Changes in the dynamics of stakeholders perceptions of land are partly responsible for the current state of land and environmental degradation in north-east Ghana. Policies aimed at ensuring sustainable land use and environmental management must focus on those traditional land perceptions, which encourage environmental sustainability

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: land use, sustainable development, West Africa
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
T500 African studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2010 08:09
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 12:06

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