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Environmentalist

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 221–228 | Cite as

Bushfires and management policies in Ghana

  • Okyeame Ampadu-Agyei
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Summary

The dry seasons of 1982–83 and 1983–84 were particularly disastrous for Ghana. They were associated with extensive bushfires which rendered vast tracts of land barren of vegetation and imposed a potential for desertification. The author describes the steps taken to decrease the occurrence and impact of further bushfires, but regards these as very inadequate. A number of new measures are recommended to improve both the detection and suppression of the fires.

Keywords

Environmental Management Nature Conservation Management Policy Economic Geology Vast Tract 
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© Science and Technology Letters 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Okyeame Ampadu-Agyei
    • 1
  1. 1.Environmental Protection CouncilAccraGhana

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