Tropical Forest: A Potential Resource for Climate Change Mitigation in Ghana

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Emmanuel Amankwah

Abstract

Climate variability and change has become a global phenomenon with many countries including Ghana working hard to mitigate the effect or develop strategies for adaptation.  However, tropical forest has been identified to have the capacity to mitigate the impact of climate change and improve the general environment. The forest plays a critical role in the climate system, hydrology and the carbon cycle, and provide livelihood for over 2.5 billion rural dwellers in developing countries. This article therefore highlights the importance of tropical forest as a potential resource for climate change mitigation and the need for policy makers, stakeholders and the general public to seriously adopt positive approach to the management of forest resources. The article was carried out through extensive review of literature, official reports and policy documents.  The paper outlines the threat of climate change, the state of Ghana’s forest and climate, and the role of the forest to mitigate climate change. It also highlights the socio-economic benefits of the forest in mitigating the changing climate. The documents reviewed showed that the state of Ghana’s forest has dwindled over the years through anthropogenic activities and the climate is also changing. It was also established that trees can remove substantial amount of CO2 from the atmosphere for storage. The paper concludes with recommendations for the preservation and regeneration of the tropical forest for the purpose of mitigating the effect of climate change in Ghana. 

Keywords:
Climate change, tropical forest, forest resources, climate variability, carbon- dioxide emissions, deforestation, mitigation.

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Amankwah, E. (2019). Tropical Forest: A Potential Resource for Climate Change Mitigation in Ghana. International Journal of Environment and Climate Change, 9(8), 435-442. https://doi.org/10.9734/ijecc/2019/v9i830128
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Review Article

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