SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF DEFORESTATION ON RESIDENTS OF UKWUANI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, DELTA STATE, NIGERIA
Keywords:Socio-economic, Deforestation, Forest, Forest resources, Environmental degradation
Forest and its resources play essential role in the sustenance of mankind and the ecosystem especially as millions of people including plants and animals in the world depend on forests for their livelihood and shelter. In spite of the importance of this earth’s veritable resource, man’s exploitation and use of it has led to its degradation and depletion but not without some consequences. This study examined the socioeconomic impacts of deforestation on residents of Ukwuani Local Government Area, Delta State, Nigeria. Adopting the passive observational research design approach the study uncovered that the rapid depletion of forest and forest resources through acts of deforestation has also resulted in the loss of farm land, reduced income that negatively has affected the socioeconomic well-being of the people. The study recommends massive awareness campaigns aimed at making the people know the importance of forest as sure way of slowing down the rate of deforestation in the area.
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