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2011 > 20 Key Indicators > Legal Requirement for Stakeholder Consultation before Allocation of Commercial Logging Permits

The areas that are indicated for resource allocation are shown to the landowners (chiefs mostly) with the understanding that they have already consulted the people. This is then discussed with the District Assemblies after which it is advertised for the community to comment if there are any concerns. The list of stakeholders who must be consulted (to be included in a field inspection team) in the allocation of timber rights are indicated in law but is limited mainly to owners (traditional authorities), District Assembly members, and farmers on whose land the timber is located (LI 1649). There is no public discussion or consultation of whether an area should be allocated or not – it is left as a purely technical discussion. There are legal requirements and procedures but we have not seen evidence that they are being adhered to.
Title Timber Resources Management Regulations, 1998 (LI 1649)
Timber Resources Management Act, 1997
Organisation Forestry Commission
Date 1998
Source www.fcghana.com/publications/laws/li_1649/index.html
www.fcghana.com/publications/laws/act_547/index.html
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