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Exploring the African Traditional Belief Systems in Natural Resource Conservation and Management in Ghana

First published on 11/18/2017, and last updated on 10/30/2018


The aim of this paper was to discover how taboos and totems as belief systems have been used successfully to promote natural resource conservation and management in the Sankana and Tongo-Tengzuk communities in northern Ghana. Using primary and secondary data sources, it was observed that the communities have served as classic examples of successful traditional natural resource conservation and management through totems and taboos. Therefore, the authors recommend for a holistic approach involving the government through the Ghana Tourism Authority and civil society organisations, as well as religious leaders to encourage people to apply by-laws and other traditional belief mediums that link human existence to the natural environment.

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