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Invitation to IESS Seminar on Protected Area Management

30 April 2019

The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS), University of Ghana, Legon, warmly invites the University community to a seminar by Dr. Jesse Ayivor (Senior Research Fellow, IESS). See details below: 

Topic

"Perceptions and attitudes of fringe communities in protected area management in Ghana".

Date

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Time

1.30pm

Venue

Auditorium, International House

Abstract

Globally, protected areas are faced with myriads of threats emanating principally from anthropogenic drivers. Local community involvement in protected areas management is of critical importance to the conservation community. Using the ecosystems management framework, this study explored the extent to which fringe communities had collaborated in Ghana’s protected area management and how effective such collaborations have brought about "win-win-win" outcomes. Data for the study were collected through stakeholder interviews, focus group discussions and engagement of individual participants at focus group discussion for their perceptions and responses to certain key issues. A total of 51 focus group discussions were held in 45 communities involving 630 participants. The analysis was done using qualitative methods and simple descriptive statistics notably bar graphs and percentages to explain levels of acceptance or dislike of issues. The results showed that local participation in protected area (PA) management is fraught with problems and ambiguity as management objectives of some of the PA categories tend to exclude humans. More so, human-wildlife conflicts, non-payment of compensation and high handedness by wildlife officials on offenders, negated prospects of effective local community collaboration. The study concluded that for local participation to succeed there should be dialogue among the various stakeholders and a focus on ecologically sensitive livelihoods, equitable distribution of costs and benefits, and creation of joint management committees. 

 

Profile of Dr. Ayivor

Jesse Sey AYIVOR, holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra and Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the Ohio University, Athens, USA. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana, and has over 20 years of research experience in environmental management and nature conservation. Jesse is very versatile and has carried out research in variety of areas including: human dimensions of wildlife management, mangrove ecosystems management, nature conservation and livelihoods, climate change adaptation and policy, disaster risk management in flood-prone areas, evaluation of protected area management effectiveness, and environmental and social effects of small scale mining in Ghana. He has over 34 peer reviewed publications and several other scientific reports. He has a strong community mobilization drive and had engaged with communities in mangrove rehabilitation in the Lower Volta Basin and in woodlots establishment elsewhere in Ghana. He has engaged also in other collaborative projects with national and international partners over the past years. Jesse has 15 years of experience in teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses in Regional Geography of Africa, Forest Resource Management, Natural Resource Conservation, and Population, Urbanization Environment Studies. See more