Journal of
Ecology and The Natural Environment

  • Abbreviation: J. Ecol. Nat. Environ.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9847
  • DOI: 10.5897/JENE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 367

Article in Press

ANALYSIS OF ECOLOGICAL RISKS IN THE KYABOBO NATIONAL PARK OF GHANA

Christian Emmanuel Bruku, Alex Boakye Asiedu and Kwadwo Owusu

  •  Received: 24 December 2019
  •  Accepted: 18 February 2020
Understanding Protected Areas (PAs) and threats in national park landscapes is important to informing conservation policy. This study was conducted in the Kyabobo National Park (KNP) of Ghana to examine perceived ecological risks to the park. Eight risk indicators were examined in the protected area with 95.5% and 66.0% of respondents respectively citing bushfire and poaching as the main perceived ecological risk. Limited alternative livelihoods (22.5%) and poverty (20.5%) were the major perceived underlying causes of these ecological risks to the park. The application of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) enabled risk mapping and land cover change analysis thereby providing the opportunity to make standardized spatial analysis of ecological risks and to a large degree serve as a tool to which conservation management might address some of these perceived risks and where mitigation techniques might be most spatially applied.

Keywords: Ecological Risks, Illegal activities, Land cover, National Park, Protected Areas