Integrating rural/community development into national park management

Girls in a village in Nigeria © IUCN Danièle Perrot-Maître
Published: 15 January 2015
Last edited: 10 July 2019
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Summary

Provision of health centers, limited access roads, basic nursery/primary schools etc to local communities in Cross River National Park. Most communities around the national park have little or no access to government health and basic educational facilities which are situated in urban areas far from them. Some have no access roads. Park management sourced funds from budgetary allocations as well as from external donors such as WWF, EU etc. to fund the projects.

Classifications

Region
North Africa
Scale of implementation
Local
Ecosystem
Agro-ecosystem
Cropland
Grassland ecosystems
Tropical grassland, savanna, shrubland
Theme
Ecosystem services
Food security
Health and human wellbeing
Indigenous people
Challenges
Conflicting uses / cumulative impacts
Lack of alternative income opportunities
Poor monitoring and enforcement
Lack of food security
Unemployment / poverty

Location

Cross River National Park, Basua, Nigeria
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Impacts

1. Improved livelihood/ food production:-access roads enhance marketability of farm products 2. Improved health care and reduced mortality rate 3. Improved park-community relationship 4. Improved park protection and enhanced biodiversity conservation

Contributed by

Caroline Olory