1 Section for Global Development, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet2 unknown3 Section for Global Development, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet
This paper analyses the experiences and effectiveness of timber task forces to combat illegal logging. The paper is based on an analysis of 30 semi-structured interviews with members of timber task forces and other relevant stakeholders in Ghana. The paper finds that task forces have generally not proven effective in Ghana. The task forces are influenced by corruption; interference by powerful actors; fear of violence; and logistical and resource-related challenges. The paper suggests that effectively addressing illegal logging in Ghana will require a more normative approach that involves policy reforms addressing fundamental issues such as rights to trees and benefits from them. Without such reforms, timber task forces as well as other types of “hard” law enforcement become illusive.
International Forestry Review, 2014, Vol 16, Issue 3, p. 354-362