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E3 Journal of Environmental Research and Management

E3 Journal of Environmental Research and Management Vol. 4 (5) pp. 0260-0267, June 2013; © E3 Journals; ISSN 2141-7466

Human activities, pressure and its threat on forest reserves in Yewa division of Ogun State, Nigeria

O.O Oduntan 1 * , J.A.O Soaga 1 , A.F Akinyemi 1 , S.O Ojo 1
1 Department of Forestry and Wildlife Mgt Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
2 Department of Wildlife and Ecotourism Mgt University of Ibadan, Nigeria
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Accepted 16 June 2013


This study evaluates the degree of pressure and threats from human activities on protected areas in Yewa Division of Ogun State, Nigeria. Four forest reserves (F.R.) in the division were randomly selected as representative samples, namely Ilaro F.R, Imeko F.R, Oja odan F.R. and Aworo F.R. Primary data were collected through the use of Rapid Assessment and Prioritization of Protected Areas Management (RAPPAM) designed questionnaire, recommended for evaluation of management effectiveness of protected areas (WWF, 2003). Findings revealed all reserves were severely threatened by logging while only Oja- Odan F.R. was severely threatened by conversion of land use. Furthermore, all the reserves are highly threatened by grazing except Ilaro F.R. while cross boundary influence severely threatened Oja-Odan F.R. Results showed no significant difference (LSD = 9.04; p<0.05) between activities in each forest reserves although analysis of variance shows a significant difference between the pressure and threat across the forest reserves.

Keywords: Land use, Rural-Urban Migration, Conversion of Land Use, Forest reserves, Land degradation.

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