Journal of Biodiversity Management & ForestryISSN: 2327-4417

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Research Article, J Biodivers Manage Forestry Vol: 7 Issue: 2

Investigation of the Cultural and Artistic Elements in the Biodiversity Policies and Strategies in Ghana

Dickson Adom1*, Eric Appau Asante1, Nana Ama Arthur Pokuaa1 and Kwadwo Boadu2

1Department of Educational Innovations in Science and Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University Post Office, Kumasi, Ghana

2Department of Wood Science and Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University Post Office, Kumasi, Ghana

*Corresponding Author : Dickson Adom
Department of Educational Innovations in Science and Technology Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University Post Office, Kumasi, Ghana
E-mail: [email protected]

Received: February 26, 2018 Accepted: April 18, 2018 Published: April 24, 2018

Citation: Adom D, Asante EA, Pokuaa NAA, Boadu K (2018) Investigation of the Cultural and Artistic Elements in the Biodiversity Policies and Strategies in Ghana. J Biodivers Manage Forestry 7:2. doi: 10.4172/2327-4417.1000196

Abstract

Cultural and Artistic elements have a record of accomplishment of conserving biological diversities in Ghana. Unfortunately, the biodiversity policies in Ghana have only their sketchy representations resulting in the conservationists’ failure to utilize them in biodiversity conservation management. A qualitative study with Document Analysis and Phenomenology as research methods were used to investigate into the incorporation of cultural and artistic elements in some of the biodiversity policies and strategies in Ghana. Purposive and stratified random sampling procedures were used in selecting the 98 informants for the study. Interpretive Policy Analysis and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis were used for analysing the accrued data from the study. The study revealed that there is dearth in the cultural and artistic elements in the investigated biodiversity policies and strategies due to the scepticism that conservationists have of the conservation ethos latent in them. The study concludes that the National Biodiversity Committee of Ghana must collaborate with researchers in traditional ecological knowledge to solicit for their expert views on how to effectively incorporate cultural and artistic elements into biodiversity conservation management in Ghana. This would aid in promoting a synergistic approach toward the combat of biodiversity depletion.

Keywords: Asante culture; Cultural and artistic elements; Biodiversity policies; Conservation; Traditional knowledge systems

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