INTRODUCTIONAccording to IUCN (2008), Talbotiella gentii is a critically endangered (A1c, B1+2c, ver 2.3) gregarious living perennial legume based on investigations by Hawthorne (1998). Hall and Swaine (2004) referred to the species as one with the highest conservation priority in Ghana. Even though there were some reports on the species from Cameroon, ‘Records from Cameroon appear to be erroneous’ according to Hawthorne (1998). The species therefore has limited geographical distribution and is endemic to Ghana. In Ghana, this evergreen tree is known to occur in tiny stands in rocky areas of three dry forests including Yongwa, Sapawsu and Bandai Hill forest reserves. Therefore there is the need to conserve and sustainably manage the Talbotiella gentii species to prevent it from getting extinct.  

HAS TALBOTIELLA GENTII REALLY DWINDLED OVER THE YEARS?

To answer questions about whether Talbotiella gentii is really endangered and will go extinct if no proper measures are adopted, there is the need to document the number of individuals that occur within each forest reserve within which they occur. This is necessary to draw efficient and effective monitoring and management plans to make sure the species does not go extinct.

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04May

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT TALBOTIELLA GENTII?

Boosting biodiversity requires that much conservation efforts are made by involved parties. Willfully, the dedicated to work team visits communities around the Yongwa Forest Reserve to seek their views and knowledge about Talbotiella gentii. Views of the Somanya Forestry Commission that oversees the conservation of Yongwa Forest Reserve was also sought. The main instruments used to assess the communities' knowledge and views were questionnaires and the use of focus group discussions. Interview...

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13Mar