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Ghana, located on the west coast of Africa, was once a heavily forested country. However, it was also one of the first countries in Africa to harvest timber on a large scale, and the impacts on the country's environment have been devastating. Today, there are no rainforest tracts left that are large enough to sustain stable populations of the region's animals, such as elephants and monkeys. In fact, the first extinction of a primate in the 20th century, that of Miss Waldron's red columbus monkey, occurred in Ghana due to habitat loss and hunting. [more]

Ghana Links:

  • Certification Information: Ghana - Progress of forestry certification in Ghana.
  • FAO supports private plantations in Ghana - Article from the World Rainforest Movement bulletin.
  • Ghana Timber and Trade - Case study from American University's Trade and Environment Database (TED).
  • Ghana: The impacts of mining - Report from the World Rainforest Movement bulletin.
  • Tropenbos: Ghana Programme  Editor's Pick  - Information on forest protection projects in Ghana.
  • World Rainforest Movement: Ghana - Index of articles on Ghana's rainforests from the World Rainforest Movement bulletin.

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