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ISRN Forestry
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 924506, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/924506
Research Article

Application of Earth Observation Technology to Site Selection and Development of Ecotourism Management Plans in Rural Ghana

1Centre for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services, University of Ghana, PMB L17, Legon, Accra, Ghana
2Institutional Research, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, 31 Delvin Terrace, Wilmington, DE 19805, USA
3Department of Economics and Finance, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, P.O. Box AH 50, Achimota, Accra, Ghana
4Department of Geography and Rural Development, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Received 18 October 2012; Accepted 1 November 2012

Academic Editors: N. Frascaria-Lacoste, J. F. Negron, and P. Newton

Copyright © 2013 Selase Kofi Adanu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Production of development plans is vital for sustainable ecotourism development given the increasing competition for land to satisfy various human needs including agriculture, timber, and wood energy. Such human activities cause rapid destruction of wildlife habitat and loss of indigenous tree species. To enhance sustainable use of the flora and fauna to promote rural tourism in Ghana, seven eco-tourism sites have been surveyed to produce data for management plans to be developed for these sites. The survey focused on the status of flora and fauna at the sites, infrastructure, cultural dynamics, cross-border issues, and revenue mobilization. Key findings indicate lack of infrastructure at the sites and substantial loss of forest cover over seventeen years covered by the survey.