Environment, Vol. 3, Issue 1, Jun  2019, Pages 21-30; DOI: 10.31058/j.envi.2019.31002 10.31058/j.envi.2019.31002

Social Class Disparity and Sustainability Propensity of Sacred Forests in Biodiversity  Conservation in South Southern Niger Delta, Nigeria.

, Vol. 3, Issue 1, Jun  2019, Pages 21-30.

DOI: 10.31058/j.envi.2019.31002

Koko Sunday Daniel 1* , Emem Bassey Inyang 2

1 Department of Forestry and Natural Environmental Management, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria

2 Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Uyo. Uyo, Nigeria

Received: 5 December 2019; Accepted: 8 December 2019; Published: 20 December 2019

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Abstract

This paper assessed the disparity in valuation of the functions of the sacred forests in South Southern Niger Delta of Nigeria based on socio economics of the respondents. A multi-stage sampling procedure was used in selecting 30 respondents resident in the host communities of the studied sacred forest using lottery method without replacement. 14 items which reflected the perceived socioeconomic values of the scared forests drawn from the Participatory Rural Approach technique (PRA) made up the survey tools used in the study. Composite Index (CI) analytical technique was employed in evaluating the magnitude of incidences and value appreciation across the population hence the survival propensity of the sacred forests. The result indicates that significant differences existed in relationship between perceived values and all the socioeconomic variables considered. Youths (< 30 years), females, singles and smaller household respondents all had the least perceived value for the sacred forests. Respondents with no formal education had a higher value index for the sacred forests. Also majority (59.5%) of the respondents agreed that these sites had little or no value since they had no equitable access to the resources. The study recommend a shift in perception about the cultural roles of the scared forests to the actual benefits where all and sundry can appreciate without feeling alienated because of the social status.

Keywords

Sacred Forests, Biodiversity, Social Status, Wellbeing, Values

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