International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Law | Ghana | Volume 12 Issue 6, June 2023


Legal Timber in Ghana: A Search for a Definition

Kwame Gyan [2]


Abstract: For many years, the concept of legal timber has attracted the interest of academics, industry players, governmental officials, and policymakers on a national and international scale. It is a well-known fact that there are numerous definitions of what constitutes legal timber. However, these definitions frequently fall into one of two categories?too broad or too narrow?and are constrained by a variety of variables including political, economic, geographic, and other concerns. This proliferation of definitions and the obfuscation that attends it is problematic. The result is a legal system that is unable to fully address the phenomenon of illegal logging. In the end, these inadequacies and deficiencies of the legal regime are exploited by operators in the timber sector for all the wrong reasons. In light of this, this study explores the numerous definitional issues surrounding legal timber, both locally and globally, and pontificates on what may constitute legal timber in Ghana. The study concludes that adopting a thorough definition of legal timber is essential for tackling the issues of deforestation and the threats posed by climate change.


Keywords: Ghana, Definition of Legal Timber, Forest Management


Edition: Volume 12 Issue 6, June 2023,


Pages: 584 - 592


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