PAPER TITLE :MANAGEMENT EFFECTIVENESS OF PROTECTED AREAS: A CASE STUDY OF FOUR NATIONAL PARKS IN NIGERIA

APPLIED TROPICAL AGRICULTURE | VOLUME 23 NUMBER 2 2018

Paper Details

  • Author(s) : 1Osunsina I. O. O*., 2Ogunjinmi A. A., 1Yisau M. A., 3Inah E. I. and 4Osunsina J.
  • Abstract:

The management of protected areas was assessed in four national parks in Nigeria. This was done to identify the
weaknesses, strength and threat to the four protected areas. Data were collected with well-structured questionnaires
administered on ten (10) Managers of each of the selected protected areas. The data obtained were analyzed using
descriptive statistics, mean and graphs. Prevalent Threat Index (PTI), Protection Area Susceptibility Index (PASI),
the Mean Score of Threat Factor (MSTF) and the Relative Threat Factor Severity Index (RTFSI) were also
calculated. The results found weaknesses in funding, staffing, research inventorying of biodiversity and threats and
community relations. The numbers of staff found in the Parks were not adequate and as such the available staff
cannot effectively cover the land area of the park for protection against illegal activities. The study concluded that the
parks need to be properly funded by the Government.
Keywords: Assessment, Protected Area Management, Effectiveness, National Parks