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Prof. Edward Debrah Wiafe

PhD, MSc, PgDE

Ag. Pro-Vice-Chancellor
School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

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Prof. Edward D. Wiafe possesses a PhD. In Zoology from University of Cape Coast, Ghana; Post Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Cape Coast, Ghana; MSc. in Forest Ecology and Management from University of Freiburg, Germany and Diploma, Natural Resources Management, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana.
Prof. Wiafe, is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, University of Environment and Sustainable Development, Somanya, Ghana. He has over two decades experience in forest and wildlife ecology, management, and conservation.
Edward’s expertise in environmental resources conservation and management spans from the elaboration of management plans, sustainable resource utilization, extension and nursery/zoo management, wild fire management, forest/wildlife resource inventory as well as expert in wildlife conservation, ecology and management. As a university academic since 2010, he teaches various courses in relation to environmental resources management and conservation. He has over 40 research publications in the fields of environmental resources and biodiversity conservation to his credit. Aside from research, Prof. Wiafe has worked as an environmental consultant for some organizations in health, energy, forestry and mining. He has contributed as an assessor of species to the Red list of threatened species. He has a passion of saving species from extinction, reduce human-wildlife conflicts and conservation of mountain ecosystem.
Prof. Wiafe has been Ghana’s representative on International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO) council from 2014 to 2019 and still an office holder. He is also a member of the following organizations: International Primatological Society (IPS) and Africa Primatological Society (APS); IUCN Species Specialist Group of African Primates and Protected Areas; International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF). He has attended and done a lot of oral and poster presentations at conferences. He is a board member of West African Primates Conservation Action (WAPCA); Rare Disease Initiative-Ghana; Breast Care International. His hobbies are travelling to wild places and bird watching.

1. Human wildlife conflict
2. Primates conservation
3. Bush meat hunting and wildlife conservation
4. Forest dynamics and logging

1. Boakye M.K, Wiafe E.D. & Ziekah, M. Y. (2019) Ethno-medicinal use of vultures by traditional medicinal practitioners in Ghana, Ostrich, 90,2, 111-118.  http://doi:10.2989/00306525.2019.1578834

2. Wiafe E. D. (2019). Primates crop raiding situation on farmlands adjacent to South-West   of Mole National Park, Ghana. Ghana Journal of Agric. Sci. 54 (2), 58 – 67.

3. Djego-Djossou S. Wiafe E.D., Hakizamana D., Mensah G. A. & Sinsin B. A. (2019). Comparison of feeding ecology and dietary between olive colobus monkey (Procolobus verus) groups in forest fragments and   continuous forest, Benin. J. Rech. Sci. Univ. Lomé (Togo), Special,             21(1), 49-58.

4. Wiafe E. D. (2019). Encounter rates and group sizes of diurnal primate species of Mole National Park, Ghana. Journal of Threatened Taxa 11(5), 13523-13530.

5. Wiafe, E., Oates, J.F., Gonedelé Bi, S., Koné, I., Matsuda Goodwin, R. & Osei, D. (2019). Cercopithecus   lowei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T136931A92373680.

6. Koné, I., Oates, J.F., Dempsey, A., Gonedelé Bi, S., McGraw, S. & Wiafe, E. D. (2019). Cercopithecus   roloway. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T4232A92384429.

7. Oates, J.F., Gonedelé Bi, S., Ikemeh, R., Koné, I., McGraw, S., Nobimè, G., Osei, D. & Wiafe, E. (2019). Procolobus verus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019:  e.T18245A17956786.

8. Wiafe E. D. (2018). Hunted species and hunting equipment used by rainforest poachers in Ghana.  Journal of Threatened taxa 10 (2), 11271-11284.

9. Fiasorgbor D., Wiafe E.D, Tettey C and Abasiyam M. (2018). Assessment of the coping    strategies of flood victims in the Builsa District. Environment and Sustainability, 2 (1), 17-25.

10. Matsuda G.R., Nobimé G. & Wiafe E. D. (2018). White-Thighed Colobus (Colobus vellerosus) [I. Geoffroy Saint-  Hilaire, 1834] Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, possibly Nigeria. In: In: C.    Schwitzer, R.A. Mittermeier, A.B. Rylands, F. Chiozza,   E.A. Williamson, E.J. Macfie, J.Wallis and A. Cotton (eds.), Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates 2016–2018, pp. 18-21. IUCN SSC    Primate Specialist Group (PSG), International Primatological Society (IPS),    Conservation International (CI), and Bristol Zoological Society, Arlington, VA.

11. Wiafe E.D. (ed). (2017). Adaptive management: Elements, Applications and Research. New York. Nova    Science Publishers.