Provisioning ecosystem services-sharing as a coping and adaptation strategy among rural communities in Ghana's semi-arid ecosystem

Boafo, Yaw A., Saito, Osamu, Jasaw, Godfred Seidu, Otsuki, Kei and Takeuchi, Kazuhiko, (2016). Provisioning ecosystem services-sharing as a coping and adaptation strategy among rural communities in Ghana's semi-arid ecosystem. Ecosystem Services, 19 92-102

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    Author Boafo, Yaw A.
    Saito, Osamu
    Jasaw, Godfred Seidu
    Otsuki, Kei
    Takeuchi, Kazuhiko
    Title Provisioning ecosystem services-sharing as a coping and adaptation strategy among rural communities in Ghana's semi-arid ecosystem
    Appearing in Ecosystem Services
    Volume 19
    Publication Date 2016-06
    Place of Publication Online
    Publisher Elsevier
    Start page 92
    End page 102
    Language eng
    Abstract As complex challenges linked to changing socio-economic, environmental, political, and cultural conditions continually hamper the delivery of ecosystem services to natural resource dependent communities, local level adaptation needs attention. This paper presents the findings of an empirical survey in rural semi-arid Ghana investigating how households are employing communal sharing as a strategy to enhance access and management of nine provisioning ecosystem services (provisioning ES) namely crops and vegetables, livestock and poultry, bushmeat, freshwater, wildplants, fodder and forage, traditional medicine, fuelwood, and building materials. The results indicate that the variations in the sharing patterns of the nine provisioning ES can be linked to a mix of closely-linked socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental factors. Traditional medicine is the most commonly shared, whilst building materials are the least commonly shared. Sharing intensifies during the long dry season for majority of the provisioning ES. Logistic regression modeling indicates annual household income to be the most significant socio-demographic variable influencing participation in sharing. A greater proportion of interviewed household heads (64%) perceive sharing to be on the decline. These findings provide important baseline data for further quantitative and qualitative research exploring sharing's potential contribution to rural households’ livelihoods sustenance and ecosystem sustainability under changing conditions.
    UNBIS Thesaurus GHANA
    HOUSEHOLDS
    Keyword Adaptation
    Provisioning Services
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2016
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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