From Co-Management to Landscape Governance: Whither Ghana’s Modified Taungya System?
AbstractNatural resource management literature has documented three paradigm shifts over the past decade: from co-management to adaptive co-management and adaptive governance respectively and, more recently, towards landscape governance. The latter is conceived as a governance approach towards negotiated land use at the landscape level to deal with global challenges such as food insecurity, climate change and biodiversity loss. There is not a lot of clarity about how co-management systems could actually evolve into landscape governance. This paper aims to address the gap by exploring how a stalled co-management system for the reforestation of degraded forest areas—the modified taungya system (MTS) in Ghana—could be revitalised and redesigned as a landscape approach. Drawing on case studies and expert consultation, the performance of the national MTS and the MTS under the Community Forestry Management Project is reviewed with regard to five principles (integrated approach, multi-stakeholder negotiation, polycentric governance, continual learning and adaptive capacity) and three enabling conditions (social capital, bridging organisations and long-term funding) distilled from the literature. The authors conclude that some of these principles and conditions were met under the Community Forestry Management Project, but that continual learning, transcending jurisdictional boundaries, developing adaptive capacity, and long-term funding and benefits still pose challenges. View Full-Text
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Ros-Tonen, M.A.F.; Derkyi, M.; Insaidoo, T.F.G. From Co-Management to Landscape Governance: Whither Ghana’s Modified Taungya System? Forests 2014, 5, 2996-3021.
Ros-Tonen MAF, Derkyi M, Insaidoo TFG. From Co-Management to Landscape Governance: Whither Ghana’s Modified Taungya System? Forests. 2014; 5(12):2996-3021.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ros-Tonen, Mirjam A.F.; Derkyi, Mercy; Insaidoo, Thomas F.G. 2014. "From Co-Management to Landscape Governance: Whither Ghana’s Modified Taungya System?" Forests 5, no. 12: 2996-3021.