Ghanaian Nature Conservation – progressive deforestation of primary forests. A serious problem in Ghana is the progressive deforestation of primary evergreen forests. The forest clearing rate is one of the highest in West Africa at 1,3% forest area per year. Even numerous new plantings do not compensate for mass felling and cause the stand to rejuvenate. It is imperative to constantly expand legally protected wilderness areas. So far, it has been protected 10 700 km2, or 4,5% country area, creating 8 reserves and national parks. Digya National Park is the largest with an area 3100 km2.