Decentralized forest governance and community representation outcomes: analysis of the modified taungya system in Ghana
Prince Adjei (),
Frank Kwaku Agyei () and
Joyce Osei Adjei ()
Additional contact information
Frank Kwaku Agyei: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Joyce Osei Adjei: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Environment, Development and Sustainability: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development, 2020, vol. 22, issue 2, No 29, 1187-1209
Abstract The paper examines the community representation outcomes of the modified taungya system (MTS) as a decentralized forest management intervention. It addresses how reforms in the name of decentralized forest governance and community participation have reinforced or weakened democratic representation in Ghana. Following both quantitative and qualitative techniques with in-depth interviews, questionnaires and focus group discussions as data collection techniques and a sample size of 200 respondents from four forest-dependent communities, the paper presents the type of community representation understood as responsive and downwardly accountable leadership resulting from decentralization and recognition of local authorities under the MTS forest management intervention. It is highlighted that the establishment of the modified taungya groups (MOTAGs) creates the requisite democratic space for community representation of privileged members of MOTAGs in forest governance in the communities studied. However, failure of the Forest Commission (FC) acting as intervening agent, to transfer adequate decision-making power and resources, disregard for policy and implementation guidelines and the dearth of arable lands for local people’s livelihood security, collectively undermine the local authorities’ capacity to be responsive and downwardly accountable which contribute to disgruntled representation of the local people in forest management. Thus, this paper shows how democratic representation has been subverted as a result of inadequate power and resources transferred to local authorities expected to provide appropriate representation for the local people under the MTS forest management intervention. In a much broader sense, the results show that decentralization does not always guarantee the production of democratic representation within the local arena, especially where authority and capacity of local institutions and representatives to deliver responsive and downwardly accountable local governance are inadequate.
Keywords: Decentralization; Forest governance; Community representation; Modified taungya system; Sustainability; Ghana (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (1) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s10668-018-0243-7 Abstract (text/html)
Access to the full text of the articles in this series is restricted.
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:spr:endesu:v:22:y:2020:i:2:d:10.1007_s10668-018-0243-7
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
Access Statistics for this article
Environment, Development and Sustainability: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development is currently edited by Luc Hens
More articles in Environment, Development and Sustainability: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development from Springer
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sonal Shukla () and Springer Nature Abstracting and Indexing ().