INCLUSIVE FOREST CONSERVATION PRACTICES AND PROMOTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IN CENTRAL SENATORIAL ZONE, CROSS RIVER STATE, NIGERIA.
Inclusive environmental sustainability is the main thrust of this paper. This was effected through the forest conservation practices among adult inhabitant in Central Senatorial Zone of Cross River State. To achieve the purpose of this study, two null hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. Literature review was carried out accordingly on reforestation and silviculture relative to environmental sustainability. Survey research design was adopted for the study. A sample of six hundred and thirty (1575) respondents was used for the study. The selection was done through multistage procedure of stratified and accidental sampling techniques. Forest conservation practices and promotion of environmental sustainability (FCPPES) questionnaire was the instrument used for data collection. The questionnaire consisted of fifteen items, items 1-5, sought information on reforestation while items 6-10 were for silviculture and items 11-15 sought information on environmental sustainability. The instrument was first validated by the supervisor and two experts in measurement. Data collected was analysed using one way analysis of variance (ANOVA) as the statistical techniques employed to test the hypotheses under study. Each hypothesis was tested at 0.05 level of significance. The result of the analysis revealed that, practice of inclusive reforestation and silvicultural practice significantly influenced environmental sustainability. It was therefore recommended among others that government agencies concern should intensify efforts on farmers and hunters’ enlightenment as well as enforcing policies on the best practices to promoting environmental sustainability.