Why don't we make the loggers pay? Stumpage value and policy failure in Ghana's forest sector
Stumpage fees due from the timber industry are a key component of forest communities' welfare and contribute to the cost of forest management and timber regulation.
Yet, as the research presented in this report shows, the Forest Commission’s failure to review stumpage in Ghana has led to millions of dollars of lost revenue from stumpage fees over the period 2003-12.
The report outlines the underlying reasons for this noncompliance, the implications of non-review for forest resources management and makes recommendations to address shortcomings and inform future policy actions to protect the interests of the state and forest owners in forest tax imposition.