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An Appraisal of Environmental Interpretive Policies and Strategies of Nigeria National Parks

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AA Ogunjinmi ,

Department of Wildlife and Environmental Resources Management, College of Agriculture, Osun State University, Ejigbo, Osun State, NG
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LO Ojo,

Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, NG
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SA Onadeko

Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, NG
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Abstract

This research was carried out to appraise the environmental interpretive policies and strategies of Nigeria National Parks. Four National Parks-Chad Basin National Parks (CBNP), Kainji Lake National Park (KLNP), Okomu National Park (OKNP) and Yankari National Park (YNP, now Yankari Game Reserve) representing the major ecological zones of Nigeria were selected for the study. Data were collected from the management of the Parks through interview guide adapted from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment and Parks, Victoria, Australia; these were analysed by using descriptive statistics. The study revealed that the business structure for these parks is public service model and that they have legislated responsibility for providing information and education and considered interpretation to be of central importance to their operations; although they have varying levels of importance attached to various interpretation/interpretive functions. Interpretive policies and strategies adopted by the parks include management policy, education policy and strategy, management plans, action plans, guidelines and manuals. Key audiences considered for interpretive services were visitors from schools, first-time visitors, park neighbours, tertiary institutions, overseas visitors and special interest groups. The study concluded that greater emphasis is needed in developing appropriate interpretive plans and programs that can shape visitors'/ and park neighbours attitude towards National Parks' policies and activities as well as using interpretive services to project the tourism potentials of Nigeria to the outside world in order to optimize the gains from global tourism market and to enhance the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of eradicating extreme poverty (through increased economic benefits of local communities from ecotourism ) and ensuring environmental sustainability in the country.

Key words: Environmental Interpretive Services; Interpretation; National Parks; Nigeria; Policies

DOI: 10.4038/tare.v12i1.1977

Tropical Agricultural Research & Extension 12(1):2009 7-12

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tare.v12i1.1977
How to Cite: Ogunjinmi, A., Ojo, L. & Onadeko, S., (2010). An Appraisal of Environmental Interpretive Policies and Strategies of Nigeria National Parks. Tropical Agricultural Research and Extension. 12(1), pp.7–12. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tare.v12i1.1977
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Published on 11 Jun 2010.
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