Seeing the Trees from the Biocultural Diversity: Forestry Management, Smallholder Agriculture, and Environmental Politics in Ghana


During the 1990s, perceptions of an impending global environmental crisis favored the mobilization of communities around authoritarian community structures that impose controls over natural resources. In Ghana, this has led to mismanagement of forested areas. Although the management of forest reserves ostensibly aims to prevent deforestation by humans, forest management policies have been influenced by desires to maximize timber production. Farmland has been co-opted for this purpose, plundering the biocultural diversity of the fields.