Deforestation in Ghana


  • Rita Ofosu Hungarian University of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Institute of Plant Protection, Georgikon Campus, e-mail: (corresponding author)


deforestation, illegal mining, illegal logging, environment, forest protection


This article seeks to highlight the increasing environmental problems in Africa with focus on deforestation in Ghana. The paper discusses how agricultural expansion, illegal mining and logging activities have become key driving factors of deforestation in the country due to increasing socioeconomic challenges and poor environmental protection policies. The devastating effects of deforestation in Ghana include biodiversity loss, land degradation and increase in water security issues. The dire situation posed by deforestation has become a national concern with strong public calls for immediate solution to the problem. Emphasis on the role stakeholders are to play in achieving environmental sustainability by promoting public awareness on deforestation, forest protection policy reforms, poverty alleviation, law enforcement and educational reforms are highlighted in this paper.


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