fire management strategies en Wildlife incidence and management in the forest transition zone of Ghana: farmers’ perspectives <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Wildlife incidence and management in the forest transition zone of Ghana: farmers’ perspectives</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Description</div> <div class="field__item"><p> Forests in Ghana are increasingly being influenced by man-caused fires. Most of these fires have been blamed on farmers practicing slash and burn agriculture. In addition, many critics have assumed that farmers have very limited knowledge of fire management and therefore do not manage farming-related fires. A survey was conducted in eight communities in the forest transition zone to assess the perceptions of farmers on farming-related wildfire incidences, specific activities in farming associated with incidence of wildfires and coping measures being used by farmers to manage wildfires. Farmers in the studied settlements hold the view that there are presently certain cropping practices that are closely associated with wildfire incidence. These include early vegetable and yam cultivation whereby the burning of slash takes place between December and February when fire risk is high. The study also found that farmers have useful knowledge in wildfire management and are applying it to cope with the impacts of wildfires.<br /> Some of the important coping strategies are farm maintenance practices, fire prevention education and precautionary measures during land preparation. Adopted measures by farmers need to be supported by research and agriculture extension to remove weaknesses in farmers’ efforts.</p> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">sbritwum</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 01/25/2011 - 23:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-resp field--type-string-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Responsible party</div> <div class="field__item">Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG)</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-upload field--type-file field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><table data-striping="1"> <thead> <tr> <th>Attachment</th> <th>Size</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr class="odd"> <td> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="" type="application/pdf; length=384189">wildfire_incidence.pdf</a></span> </td> <td>375.18 KB</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> <a href="/taxonomy/term/5" hreflang="en">Forests and Climate Change</a> / <a href="/taxonomy/term/7" hreflang="en">Forests and Poverty Alleviation</a> <a href="/taxonomy/term/335" hreflang="en">wildfires</a> / <a href="/taxonomy/term/336" hreflang="en">slash and burn agriculture</a> / <a href="/taxonomy/term/337" hreflang="en">cropping practices</a> / <a href="/taxonomy/term/338" hreflang="en">fire management strategies</a> / <a href="/taxonomy/term/339" hreflang="en">farmers’ perceptions</a> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 23:24:07 +0000 sbritwum 288 at