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Assessment of Cost and Benefit Associated with Ecological Restoration in Ghana: A Case Study in Bekwai Municipal Area

Version 1 : Received: 30 April 2020 / Approved: 30 April 2020 / Online: 30 April 2020 (17:24:36 CEST)

How to cite: Owusu, E.; Afuubi, N.A.; Li, F. Assessment of Cost and Benefit Associated with Ecological Restoration in Ghana: A Case Study in Bekwai Municipal Area. Preprints 2020, 2020040544 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0544.v1). Owusu, E.; Afuubi, N.A.; Li, F. Assessment of Cost and Benefit Associated with Ecological Restoration in Ghana: A Case Study in Bekwai Municipal Area. Preprints 2020, 2020040544 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0544.v1).

Abstract

Ghana has had a long-standing problem of illegal gold mining that has led to the destruction of the environment. The government of Ghana is taking steps to not only curb illegal mining but also to restore destroyed lands that resulted from illegal mining. The government intends to spend financially in the area of ecological restoration to returned disturbed lands to their natural states possible, but the question remains whether restoring those disturbed lands will be beneficial to the country. The study was undertaken in Bekwai Municipal Area in the Ashanti region of Ghana where most locals are farmers. The research studies whether the benefits of ecological restoration outweigh the cost of ecological restoration? The research deployed a quantitative data collection. The data collected was analyzed using benefit-Cost ratio. The result shows that the benefit of ecological restoration outweighs the cost incurred as dependent on the land use as a carbon sequestration project. In conclusion, investment in ecological restoration is a step in the right direction for a country endowed with gold resources. This will spur growth and at the same time improve and protect the country’s natural resources and environment.

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Subject Areas

ecological restoration; illegal mining; Clean Development Mechanism; carbon sequestration; carbon credits

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