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Title:Environmental degradation and desertification in Ghana: a study of the Upper West Region
Author:Nsiah-Gyabaah, KwasiISNI
Series:Avebury studies in green research
City of publisher:Aldershot
Geographic term:Ghana
Abstract:This book identifies the causes and consequences of environmental problems facing the people in the Upper West Region of Ghana, as well as the local adaptive strategies to cope with environmental degradation. The data are from field observation and household interviews conducted in 1989, and a comparison of Landsatellite Multispectral Scanner (MSS) data from 1972 and 1989. An important aspect of the survey is the examination of local beliefs, perceptions and attitudes concerning the environment, natural resources and environmental rehabilitation. The study shows that the primary cause of environmental degradation is human 'abuse' or mismanagement of environmental resources. The solution, therefore, lies not in programmes that deal only with the climatic constraints in agriculture, but rather in appropriate implementable measures that solve both the physical constraints and the socieconomic problems of rural people.