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1 June 2014 How Effective are Task Forces in Tackling Illegal Logging? Empirical Evidence from Ghana
M. Franck, C.P. Hansen
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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.

M. Franck and C.P. Hansen "How Effective are Task Forces in Tackling Illegal Logging? Empirical Evidence from Ghana," International Forestry Review 16(3), 354-362, (1 June 2014). https://doi.org/10.1505/146554814812572511
Published: 1 June 2014
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corruption
FLEGT
illegal logging
law enforcement
timber
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