Improving Sustainable Pericopsis elata Conservation and Trade
Pericopsis elata (Kokrodua) produces one of the most highly valued timbers of tropical Africa. However the species is threatened of local extinction because of commercial overexploitation. For this reason, the species has been listed under Convention for International Trade in Endangered species of fauna and flora (CITES) appendix II. This means there cannot be commercial export trade on the species without a CITES certificate from the authorized agency. Accordingly, Ghana (the Forestry Commission) has ceased the issuance of permit for harvesting of the species.
Though the critical status of the species has been recognized in international and national lists of threatened species, protection of this timber species is still inadequate as some sort of trading in the species still exists.
Unfortunately, there was very little information on its trading, regeneration, growth dynamics, and stocks within its range in Ghana.
To save this valuable African timber for the future, there seemed to be only one option; “sustainable exploitation”. This, can only be achieved if measures are put in place to ensure regular data collection and analysis on the habitat and trading of the species hence the project; The project, ‘’Improving Sustainable Pericopsis elata Conservation and Trade Regulation in Ghana’’.
Founded by the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO), the project undertook a habitat survey through collection of data and assessed the distribution and quantities and also established the current market dynamics in the trade of Pericopsis elata in Ghana. Report of the survey is available at http://www.ndfwestafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Conservation-of-Pericopsis-elata-Study-Report.pdf
The intervention also delivered communication materials in the form of “Save P. elata” branded shirts, stickers and a video documentary (http://www.ndfwestafrica.org/gallery-1/videos/) to create public awareness about the endangered status of the species and to refrain from buying and harvesting of the species.
The project also built the capacities of field staff of the forestry commission; forest guards, range supervisors and stock survey team members- within the range of the species to enable them identify the species even when mislabelled or hidden under different trade names by companies and traders.
Policy makers were also engaged in a workshop to deliberate on the status of the species whether the existing policies are sufficient in protection of the species.
Stakeholders of the project industry associations (DOLTA, GTMO, GTA), private sector (GREDA), academia (FRNR of KNUST), forestry base NGOs/CSOs and the Forestry Commission (RMSC, TIDD, TVD FSD).
The project which lasted for a period of 18 months has informed the government of Ghana to initiate enrichment planting of the species within its range. In addition, the project has made available current data on the conservation and trade status of P. elata in Ghana.
Project Duration: 18 months
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