Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 394

Full Length Research Paper

Sustainable eco-tourism in Ghana: An assessment of environmental and economic impacts in selected sites in the Upper East Region

Yahaya Abdul-Kadri
  • Yahaya Abdul-Kadri
  • Department of Environment and Resource Studies-FIDS, SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Ghana.
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Akonga Samuel
  • Akonga Samuel
  • Department of Environment and Resource Studies-FIDS, SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Ghana.
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Alhassan Abdullah
  • Alhassan Abdullah
  • Department of Environment and Resource Studies-FIDS, SD Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Ghana.
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  •  Received: 18 June 2022
  •  Accepted: 12 August 2022
  •  Published: 30 September 2022

Abstract

This paper assesses sustainable eco-tourism in Ghana with an emphasis on environmental and economic impacts. The study resorted to mixed methods research approach in data collection, analysis and presentation. The study sampled 208 respondents for the questionnaire administration. Besides questionnaire administration, the study employed Key Informant Interviews for the collection of qualitative data. The study reveals that households in eco-tourism communities engage in tourism as a secondary activity from which proceeds are used in providing basic needs. Environmentally, the conservation of natural resources has been a key sustainability issue for eco-tourism development. The sustainability of eco-tourism in rural Ghana lies in its positive environmental and economic impacts on the lives of households in eco-tourism communities.

 

Key words: Fringe communities, eco-tourism sites, environmental impacts, economic impacts, livelihoods, rural economy.