Forest Transition Deficiency Syndrome

The Case of Forest Communities in the High Forest Zone of Ghana

  • Emmanuel Ametepeh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Emmanuel Ametepeh
    Pages 1-18
  3. Emmanuel Ametepeh
    Pages 295-318
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 319-356

About this book


While previous studies focus on lack of enforcement of forest laws, poverty, and ecological values of forest dependent people, coherent studies on people’s motivations for forest illegalities and non-compliance behavior remain scanty. Emmanuel Ametepeh argues that the systematic analysis of cause-and-effect patterns related to forest management measures and policies through the lenses of the Forest Transition Theory uncovers severe limitations. The resulting multi-complex stress factors adversely impact and hence manifest in the form of deviant compliance behavior (“syndrome”) in the management endeavor of forest-fringe people. The Author shows that motivations for forest illegalities and associated non-compliance behavior is largely an outcome of adverse experiences forest people have been subjected to as a result of historical and contemporary neglects and marginalization in the management endeavor.

  • Forest Transition Theory and Pathway Policies
  • Globalization Pathway Policies and Institutional Framework
  • Domestic Pathway Policies and Institutional Framework 
  • From Deficiencies to Syndrome: A Case Study of Policies in Practice
  • Hybrid Pathways for Ghana – Recommendations
Target Groups
  • Academics and scholars, students of environmental studies and politics
  • Climate change policy makers, forest management practitioners, development policy makers, human rights activists, activists in civil society organizations, e.g. environmental NGOs 
The Author
Emmanuel Ametepeh received his doctoral degree under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Regina Kreide at the Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies at the University of Giessen, Germany.


Climate Change Policy Natural Resource Management Human Right und Rural Livelihoods Development Policy and Africa Forest Management Sustainable Development

Authors and affiliations

  • Emmanuel Ametepeh
    • 1
  1. 1.Frankfurt a.M.Germany

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