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Winston A. Asante

Dr Winston A. Asante

Department Silviculture and Forest Management

Office-location Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, Room 212



Phone: Cellular +233(0) 243143375‪
Department: Silviculture and Forest Management
Office: Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, Room 212
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Address: Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources,J.G.K.Owusu Complex
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Kumasi, Ghana

Brief Info

Winston Asante holds a PhD in Silviculture and Forest Management, with additional expertise in soil ecology, cocoa agroforestry and climate change. He played a leading role in the development of the biomass map of Ghana in 2010, and has since been involved in various REDD+ capacity-building and forest monitoring activities in Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. Winston is a member of the National MRV and Reference Emissions Level (REL) sub-working group of the Ghana REDD+ Working Group and also a member of the Ghana Greenhouse Gas Inventory Working Group (AFOLU sector). As a member of these working groups, Winston contributes to the design and review of various national models for climate change adaptation and mitigation mechanisms, land use classifications, land use change analyses and particularly brings an overarching perspective on the role of land use change in carbon dioxide emissions for development oriented interventions.

Dr. Asante is currently a lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and works extensively with Government Agencies and Ministries, international NGOs and projects on various Natural Resources Management (NRM) and climate change intervention projects and initiatives.

Major Responsibilities

  • Teaching (under graduate and post graduate courses)
  • Research and Innovation
  • Extension and Service to Community

Research Interests

Winston’s research interests include sustainable climate-smart interventions in the forest-agriculture mosaic landscapes and the application of spatial tools for resource management decision making. Exploring natural resources governance barriers and institutional modalities for effective implementation of climate change interventions in rural landscapes. Understanding the ecology of cocoa agroforestry systems for climate-smart and improved cocoa productivity. Mangrove ecosystem dynamics and potential role in climate change mitigations interventions.


  • Asante, W. A., Dawoe, E., Acheampong, E., and Bosu, P. 2016. A New Perspective on Forest Definition and Shade Classification for REDD+ Interventions in Ghana’s Cocoa – Forest Mosaic Landscape. Land Use Policy. Paper under review.
  • Asare, R., Asare, R. A., Asante, W. A., Markussen, B., Ræbild, A. 2016. Influences of shading and fertilization on on-farm yields of cocoa in Ghana. Experimental Agriculture. doi:10.1017/S0014479716000466

  • Dawoe, E., Asante, W. A., Acheampong, E., and Bosu, P. 2016. Shade Tree Diversity and Carbon Stocks in Theobroma cacao Agroforestry Systems. Implications for REDD+ Implementation in A West African Cocoa Landscape. Carbon Balance and Management.  DOI: 10.1186/s13021-016-0061-x
  •  Asante, W. A. & Acheampong, E. 2016. A Stakeholder Perspective on Corruption Risks in Ghana’s REDD+. Technical Report. Transparency International/ Ghana Integrity Initiative.
  • Kwakye, Y., Amoako, K. K., Mohammed, Y., Affum-Baffoe, K., Asante, W. A., Asubongteng, K., Agyei, K., Jengre, N. B. 2015. National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report. 2014 National Carbon accounting. Environmental Protection Agency – Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation. Government of Ghana.
  • Agyei, K., Agyeman, V. K.,  Asare, R. A. Asante, W. A., Benefor, D. T., Blaser, J., Damyag, L., Deppeler, A., Feurer, M., Foli, E. G., Heeb, L., Kofie, W., Klosner, M., Kyereh, B., Kwakye, Y., and Oduro, K. A. 2014. Redd+ in Agricultural Landscapes: Evidence from Ghana’s REDD+ Process. Bern University of Applied Sciences, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, HAFL. CSIR – Forestry Research Institute of Ghana.
  • Acheampong, E., Dawoe, E. L. K., Bosu, P. and Asante, W. A. 2014. Moving Forward with REDD+ in Ghana. Shade systems, Crown Cover, Carbon stocks and Socio-Economic Dynamics of Smallholder Cocoa Agroforestry Systems in Ghana. SNV- REAP. Ghna.
  • Asante W. A., Dwamena, E & Jengre, N. 2014. Landuse and carbon stocks dynamics associated with oil palm cultivation in the High Forest Zone of Ghana. Technical report, Solidaridad West Africa and Nature Conservation Research Center. Ghana.
  • Asante, W. A. & Tutu, D. B. 2014. Potential REDD+ project types in off-reserve areas, agroforests and secondary forests in various ecological zones of Ghana. Working paper. “REDDES” Project. CSIR – Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, Ghana.
  • Getu, Z., Tadesse, W. G. & Asante, W. A. 2013. Forest Carbon Stocks Assessment Manual for REDD+ Implementation in Ethiopia. Farm Africa – SOS Sahel, OFWE.
  • Asante, W. A., Anim, E & Asare, R. A. 2012. Institutional Innovations in African Smallholder Carbon Projects: Case study of Cocoa Carbon Initiative. CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Asare, R.A., Asante, W. A., Tutu, D.B., Malhi, Y., Saatchi, S.S., Jengre, N. 2012. The Biomass Map of Ghana: Using Carbon Maps for REDD+. Working paper. Ghana Carbon Map Project.  Nature Conservation Research Centre, Accra, Ghana; Forest Trends, Washington, D.C.
  • Asante, W. A. & Jengre, N. 2012. Mangrove biomass and soil nutrients dynamics in the Amanzuri and Ankobra wetlands, South Western Ghana. Technical Report Coastal Resources Center, Ghana.
  • Asante, W. A. & Jengre, N. 2012. Carbon stocks and soil nutrients dynamics in peat swamp forests in the Amansuri and Ankobra wetlands, South Western Ghana. Technical Report Coastal Resources Center, Ghana.
  • Gyampoh, B. A and Asante, W. A. 2011. Mapping and Documenting Indigenous Knowledge in Climate Change Adaptation in Ghana. Technical Report. Recovery Program Support to Northern Ghana-UNDP/NADMO and African Adaptation Program – UNDP /Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Gyampoh, B. A., Asante W. A., La Rose, D. J, Adu-Acheampong, Gl., Assimeng, T and Gyamfi, A.O. 2011. Atlas of Indigenous Knowledge in Climate Change Adaptation in Six Selected Districts in Ghana. Recovery Program Support to Northern Ghana-UNDP/NADMO and African Adaptation Program – UNDP /Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Henry, M.  Besnard, A.  Asante, W.A. Eshun, J. Adu-Bredu, S. Valentini, R. Bernoux, M. Saint-André, L. 2010. Wood density, phytomass variations within and among trees, and allometric equations in a tropical rainforest of Africa. Forest Ecology and Management . 260. 1375–1388
  • M. Henry., M. Bernoux., D. Tutu., W. A. Asante., W.L. Kutsch., R. Valentini., L. Saint-André. 2010. Potential for country-level aboveground carbon sequestration and emission reductions through forestry activities in sub-Saharan Africa – evidence from Ghana. Africa and the Carbon Cycle, in Bombelli A., Valentini R. (Eds.) ‐ Africa and Carbon Cycle. World Soil Resources Reports No. 104. FAO, Rome, 115 – 130.
  • Asante W. A., E. A. Abeney., K. W. Adam., E. Yeboah., M. Henry. 2009. Impact of soil scarification on soil compaction and regeneration following selective logging: implications for climate change adaptation in Ghana. Conference proceeding. Global change in Africa: Projections, mitigation and adaptation, International conference. Cologne, Germany. 2nd – 4thJune, 2009.
  • Henry, M., A, Salis., Asante, W. A. 2009. Manuel d’appui à la réalisation de projets de boisement et reboisement dans le cadre du Mécanisme de Développement Propre : Et analyse du potentiel pour le développement forestier durable au Burkina Faso. IUCN. Burkina Faso.
  • Asante W. A., E. A. Abeney., K. W. Adam., E. Yeboah., M. Henry. 2009. Soil Nutrient Status in Three Soil Disturbance Types: Implications for Forest Recovery Following Selective Logging in a Moist Evergreen Forest of Ghana. Poster accepted. XIII World Forestry Congress. 18-23 October, 2009. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  •  Henry, M., Gineste, M., Martel, S., Asante, W.A., Adu-Bredu, S., Saint-André, L. 2009. Impact of forest degradation caused by selective logging on carbon stocks in a wet evergreen forest of Ghana. Paper presented, XIII World Forestry Congress, 18 – 23 October 2009. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Asante W. A., E. A. Abeney., K. W. Adam., E. Yeboah., M. Henry. 2008. Soil compaction and regeneration on three soil disturbance types following selective logging in a moist evergreen forest in Ghana. Paper Presented, TROFCCA Project regional Meeting. Accra, Ghana.