Justice Nana Inkoom

Research themes
  • Land use and food security
  • Environmental and climate change
  • Ecosystem services
Research countries
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Ghana
Research topic
Interactions between different land uses and the impact of the land use pattern in the Upper East Region of Ghana
Research projects

WASCAL- West African Science Service Center for Climate Change and Adapted Land Use; www.wascal.org

Professional experience

Teaching Assistant (University of Cape Coast)

Management Information Systems Officer in Charge of Spatial Planning, GIS and Remote Sensing; Integrated Coastal and Fisheries Governance Initiative - Hen Mpoano (ICFG with Funding from USAID)

Degrees

Masters (Geography and Regional Planning)

Bachelor of Arts (Geography and Sociology), University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Funding institutions

BMBF(WASCAL)

Thesis title

Interactions of Agricultural Land uses and their impacts on Ecosystems Services

Thesis abstract

The relationship between agricultural land use and its impact on ecosystems services, including nutrient cycling and biodiversity conservation, is complex. This complexity has been augmented by isolated research on the impact of agriculture land uses on the landscape’s capacity to provide ecosystem services particularly in most vulnerable areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. Though a considerable number of studies emphasise the nexus between specific land use types and their impact on agriculture (N-deposition), a sufficient modeling basis for an empirical consideration of spatial interactions between different agricultural land uses at the landscape scale within urbanizing areas in Sub-Saharan Africa is consistently missing. The need to assess and address significant issues regarding size, shape, spatial location, and interactivity of different land use patches in assessing land use interactions and their impact on ecosystem service provision necessitated this investigation. In order to formulate a methodology to correspond to this complexity, ecosystem services obtained from a characteristically agricultural and urbanizing landscapes were mapped using Analytical Hierarchical Processes and management expert approaches. Subsequently, landscape metrics and mean enrichment factor approaches are explored as neighbourhood interactive assessment tools aiming at assessing the mutual impact gradient of agricultural and adjacent urban land uses on ecosystems services provision at the landscape level. The outcome of this exploration is implemented as a test case in the cellular automaton based software GISCAME using a 2012 multi-temporal rapideye land use classification data, and primary data collected on selected ecosystem services from local farmers and research fellows within the VEA Catchment of Ghana. The outcome aims to provide the understanding of the agricultural landscape and ecosystem service nexus using a metric approach, establish potential expected trade-offs and synergies varying agricultural landscape structure could pose to current and potential ecosystems services using a multicriteria evaluation approaches, and suggest management planning directives to optimize on the one hand agricultural production and ecosystem service provision within a typical rural agricultural landscape in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Doctoral research funded by

BMBF(WASCAL)

Advisor at ZEF

Dr. Christine Fürst

2014

Adu – Boahen, K., Barima, A. K., Inkoom, J. N., Mensah, A. E., and Kissah-Korsah, K. 2014. Assessment of management attitudes on corporate social responsibility in Ghana: a case of some selected companies in the Tema metropolis. European Journal of Business and Social Sciences, 11 (Vol. 2): 12. Further Information

2013

Cripps, C., Effah, E., Inkoom, J. N., Ntiri, E., Rubinoff, P., and Stevens, H. 2013. A Climate Change and Natural Hazards Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan for Akwidaa and Ezile Bay, Ahanta West District .. : 24. Further Information
Kankam, S., Robadue, D., Stevens, H., Inkoom, J. N., Adupong, R., Fenn, M. 2013. Adaptive Capacity for Resilient Coastal Communities: Climate Change and Natural Hazards Issues in Coastal Districts of Ghana’s Western Region.. : 73. Further Information
Stevens, H., Cripps, C., Kankam, S., and Inkoom, J. N. 2013. A Climate Change and Natural Hazards Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan for Dixcove, Ahanta West District. : 21. Further Information
Wang, Y.Q., Damon, C., Archetto, G., Inkoom, J., Robadue, D., Stevens, H., and Agbogah, K. 2013. Quantifying a Decade of Land Cover Change in Ghana’s Amanzule Region, 2002-2012.. : 18. Further Information
Wang, Y.Q., Damon, C., Archetto, G., Inkoom, J., Robadue, D., Stevens, H., and Agbogah, K. 2013. Quantifying a Decade of Land Cover Change in Ghana’s Amanzule Region, 2002-2012: Map Book. . Further Information

2011

Adupong, R., Boachie-Yiadom, T., Kankam, S., and Inkoom, J. N. 2011. Vulnerability and Resilience Issues Profile of Jomoro District-Western Region, Ghana. : 99. Further Information

Justice Nana Inkoom

Junior Researcher

E-Mail:
justinkoom(at)yahoo.com, j.inkoom(at)uni-bonn.de

Department:
ZEF c