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Timber Resource Management Act, 1997 - Act 547

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Date of original text

This Act provides for the protection of timber resources in Ghana and related matters. No person shall harvest timber from any land to which section 4 of this Act applies unless that person holds timber rights in the form of a timber utilization contract entered into under this Act (sect. 3). Section 4 lists the lands in respect of which timber rights may be granted. These are lands that were previously subject to timber rights which have expired and are suitable for re-allocation, unallocated or stool land suitable for timber operations in timber production areas, or alienation holdings. A Timber Rights Evaluation Committee is established under section 5 and its functions are described in section 6. The Committee shall evaluate timber utilization contracts. The Minister shall grant such rights after a recommendation of the Committee. Section 8 outlines the terms of contract. Various other conditions are specified in sections 9 to 14. Section 14 makes provisions for the suspension or termination of contracts and section 16 for the transfer of timber rights. (22 sections)
Long title of text
An Act to provide for the grant of timber rights in a manner that secures the sustainable management and utilisation of the timber resources of Ghana and to provide for related purposes.
Date of consolidation/reprint
Consolidated version of Act 457 as amended by the Timber Resources Management (Amendment) Act, 2002 (Act 617).The Timber Leases and Licences Regulations, 1962 and modifications are repealed.The Concessions Ordinance, Cap 136 and the Forests Ordinance, Cap 157 shall apply with such modification as may be necessary to give effect to the provisions of this Act.
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