Alex Owusu Amoakoh

Habib,y., Abagale, F.k.,amoakoh,o.a.,jengre,n. And Owusu,k.a.. 2017. stimulating Riparian Buffer On Agricultural Landscapes: A Review From Water Management And Climate Change Perspective In Ghana. Environment And Forestry (109): 48059-48063 Pp.

The current and future states of Agriculture are challenged with limited water resource vis-à-vis global changing climate; erratic rainfall and drought potential, as well as rising temperatures causing evaporation of freshwater resources. There are equally many similar primary causes in addition to the threats outlined as they are directly linked with declining agricultural growth. Farmlands adjoined to freshwater sources (flowing stream), or constructed small-scale reservoirs are used for the purpose of irrigation on an agricultural landscape. Sedimentation, inorganic chemicals and nutrient loading from
crop/livestock fields enter run-off into these water sources posing impairment challenges to the water body and thus, water quality and reservoir capture/holding capacity reduces. Hence, the urgent need for a sustainable approach to manage water resource especially on Agricultural landscapes characterized by this subject matter. The establishment of Riparian buffer system proves to manage these exacerbated effects adequately. Riparian
is significant in environmental and natural resource management as they enhance water quality and biodiversity through its vegetative products and services in land-use systems. In a perspective, riparian buffer can be said to have a dual purpose by contributing to carbon sequestration as well as an adaptive measure in water management; to reduce rate of freshwater evaporation on Agricultural landscapes. Additional products such as food and medicinal benefits could be generated. This paper presents an archetypal Riparian buffer design suitable for replication in Ghana and other countries with emphasis on Agro-ecological gains, climate change resilience and natural resource management and conservation.

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Prince Kwadwo Amoako, Mawusi Amenuvor, Anthony Baidoo, Ernest Frimpong Asamoah, Alex Owusuamoakoh. 2017. assessment Of The Growth Of Leucaena (leucaena Leucocephala) Seedlings On Amended Tailings. International Journal Of Interdisciplinary Research And Innovations (vol. 5, Issue 1, ): Pp: (25-28), Pp.

The study basically sought to find a substitute to the overburdened topsoil stockpile; the only source of soil for nursing seedlings in Noble Gold BibianiLimited. Tailings were collected from the mine tailing storage facility (TSP)and filled into 15 polybags, tailings amended with topsoil in 1:1 ratio were also filled into 15 polybags as well as topsoil from stockpile were also filled into 15 polybags. Seedlings of Leucaena leucocephala were raised on the three media and observed for ten weeks with readings on height and diameter taken each fortnight. The dry matter weight was taken on the tenth week. A comparison of the treatments showed that seedlings on tailings amended with topsoil had the highest growth in terms of height, diameter and dry weight, recording an average of 54.7cm, 0.5cm and 2.04g for height, diameter and dry weight respectively as against 36.3cm, 0.5cm and 1.57g in seedling on the topsoil. In conclusion, amended tailing soil significantly support the growth of L. leucocephalaseedlings and could be used as substitute to topsoil from stockpile.

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O. A. Amoakoh, D. D. N. Nortey, F. Sagoe, P. K. Amoako And C. K. Jallah. 2017. effects Of Pre-sowing Treatments On The Germination And Early Growth Performance Of Pouteria Campachiana. Forest Science And Technology (vol. 13, No. 2, ): 83–86 Pp.

Pouteria campachiana is a multipurpose fruit tree with diverse economic and medicinal significance. However, seed dormancy and low germination are problems for its use in agro-forestry practices. Investigations were carried out on the effect of pre-treatment on the germination and early seedling growth of P. campachiana. Germination was observed in seeds pre-treated with soaking and mechanical scarification in the 5th week after sowing, while untreated seeds germinated in the 7th week. Comparison between mechanically scarified and unscarified P. campachiana seeds showed no significant difference (P > 0.05). The study showed that soaking P. campachina seeds in cold water was not good for its germination, with a significant difference between soaked seeds and non soaked seeds. Percentage germination of seeds not soaked was 62.2% compared to 26.7% and 24.4% recorded for seeds soaked for 24 h and 48 h, respectively. The application of different pre-treatments, however, had no significant (P > 0.05) influence on the mean shoot length, collar diameter, and the number of leaves of P. campachiana. The study concludes that mechanical scarification improves germination of P. campachiana while soaking with cold water has a negative influence on seed germination.

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Charlene Kannah Jallah, Alex Owusu Amoakoh, Professor Kyereh Boateng, Daniel D.n Nortey & Ruth Assumadu. 2017. community Participation In Forest Management In The Bleih Community Forest, Nimba County, Liberia. North Asian International Research Journal Of Multidisciplinary (vol. 3, Issue 1): 1-10 Pp.

Community participation in forest management has gained popularity as one way of ensuring sustainable forest management and so the Bleih Community Forest management was assessed for its adherence to the principles of participation. The study was done in the communities around the Bleih Community Forest, northern Liberia, Sanniquillie Nimba County. A case study approach with focus group discussion and interviews was used to assess stakeholders’ perspectives on people’s participation in the management of the forest. The data collection was done in November/December, 2015. The interview covered 185 respondents while 85 community members participated in the focus group discussion. Data collected from the interview was subjected to SPSS (version 21) for quantitative analysis and that collected from the focus group discussion was analysed descriptively. Management of the Bleih Community forest was not fully inclusive of the members of the communities surrounding the forest. Eighty four percent (84%) of the respondents did not participate from the development of the management plan to the management and monitoring of the forest. Respondents outside the 36-56 (years old) age category had lower participation likewise females. In terms of people’s position in the community, the traditional leaders did not participate at all in the implementation and monitoring of the forest. Also respondents’ level of education and place of origin did not increase their level of participation in forest management. The respondents (89%) of all the categories (age, sex, position in the community and level of education) did not show any level of satisfaction with the forest management, their needs were not met as benefits were not given as requested or promised.The study recommends active participation of the communities in the management of the forest.

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Alex Owusu Amoakoh*, Frederick Sagoe, Daniel D. N. Nortey, Ruth Assumadu & Gormey Balertey. 2017. contributions Of Community Based Groups Towards Sustainable Forest Management In Western Ghana: A Case Of Communities Fringing Cape Three Point Forest Reserve. North Asian International Research Journal Of Multidisciplinary (vol. 3): 1-12 Pp.

The roles of the CBG’s and their impact on the development of communities cannot be under-estimated, but with current emergence of these groups, there are doubts as to whether they are well structured and their roles being clearly defined in order to reduce any conflicts of interest that may occur. This study therefore tried to determine the extent of CBG’s involvement in sustainable forest management, their roles in ensuring sustainable forest management and the constraints faced by the Groups in performing their roles in forest management. The findings of the study indicated that CBG’s fringing Cape Three Points forest reserve were actively involved in all the processes (i.e. decision-making, implementation, monitoring and benefit sharing) geared towards sustainable forest management. The results also emphasized on the roles of the CBG’s comprising boundary clearing, monitoring the reserve, creation of forest protection awareness, preventing illegal chainsaw operations, reporting of illegal activities, fire prevention and prevention of encroachment. The groups were however confronted with numerous constraints that inhibit effective performance of their roles. These were inadequate materials and logistics, delayed payment of funds, financial constraints, attacks from illegal chainsaw operators and weak collaboration with authorities. The overall conclusion shows that the involvement of the CBG’s in management has immensely contributed to the control, prevention and reduction of illegal activities and bushfires in the forest reserve.

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