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Knowledge and perception of and attitude to forest conservation practices in Southwestern Nigeria

XV World Forestry Congress, 2-6 May 2022









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    Social perception and importance of the Taal Volcano protected landscape to Tagaytay City tourists and residents
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    The study assessed the knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of residents and tourists on the importance of Taal Volcano Protected Landscape (TVPL) in Tagaytay City, Cavite province. A survey was conducted among selected residents and tourists of Tagaytay City. Results of the study showed that tourists, unlike residents, have significantly higher knowledge and awareness levels, and have positive attitudes and perceptions regarding the importance of natural resources, conservation of TVPL, management of the PA, and the coexistence of tourism and conservation of natural resources. These positive perceptions strongly influence favorable attitudes towards conservation and the environmental protection and in turn generate good conservation values. On the other hand, majority of the residents have neutral to negative perceptions of TVPL and its impact and importance to Tagaytay City. A number of local residents, in contrast, also have a good level of knowledge, awareness, and positive perception on TVPL. However, this does not transcend to all sectors of the city. In order to guarantee sustainable use of natural resources and successful conservation of the protected area, knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of the public must be examined and considered in the development of policies and protected area management schemes. Keywords: Landscape management, Adaptive and integrated management, Social protection. ID: 3487419
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    Knowledge and perception of senior civil servants on the environmental and social service functions of urban forestry
    XV World Forestry Congress, 2-6 May 2022
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    This study was conducted to assess the Knowledge and Perception of Senior Civil Servants on Social and Environmental Services of Trees in Federal and Oyo State Secretariats. Two hundred copies of questionnaire were administered. One hundred each for Federal Secretariat staff and the State Secretariat staff. In all, 187 copies were retrieved. Purposive sampling technique was adopted for the study and data collected were analyzed with descriptive statistics and Chi-square (X2). The results showed that the senior civil servants are well educated with over 40% having B.Sc at the federal and state secretariats in general, ND has 20.9%, HND (19.3%), BSc (43.9%) and MSc (16%). and the field of study of the majority is Social sciences followed by sciences as follows 51.9%, 25.7%, 17.6% and 4.8% of the respondents respectively studied Social science, Science, Agric/Forestry and Technology. Above 70% of the respondents are aware of the presence and benefits of tree around their office premises and street they live in. of all the benefits of trees in their surrounding, Cooling the environment has the highest percentage of about 40%. On the danger posed by urban trees, Trees falling on roads because of windstorm has the highest percentage of 72.8%. The Awareness on the benefits of trees on Social and Environmental services is very high (above 70%) among the respondents with all the statements such as Trees can reduce energy needs for refrigeration and air conditioning through provision of shade and reduced air temperatures thereby reducing the emission of pollutant chlorofluorocarbons (CFC). Based on the knowledge of urban forestry majority of the respondents are willing to conserve urban trees. Good policy that can bring about development of forestry sector in Oyo state is achievable because it was observed that the senior civil servants at both federal and state secretariats had enough knowledge and perception about the importance of urban trees. Keywords: Urban trees, awareness, civil servants, environment and services ID: 3475762
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    Forestry education in Nigeria: Are forestry students unwilling to study the course and does it influence their academic performance?
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    Forestry education in Nigeria, as it is globally, is faced with several drawbacks despite the urgent need to train more professionals who can tackle the increasing issues related to forestry. One of these concerns is the reducing interest in academic forestry programs evident by low enrolment rates. However, forestry education still pools relatively good enrolment across Nigerian tertiary institutions, often due to candidates’ inability to secure their initially desired courses. Meanwhile, this could have influenced their academic achievements and career progressions. This study, therefore, analysed the unwillingness of forestry students in Nigeria to study the course and its impact on their academic performance, taking the department of Forestry at FUTA as a case study. A survey was used to collect data from the students (193) on four study levels, comprising their demographics, unwillingness to study forestry, interest to further in forestry-related works and studies, and their academic performance. Descriptive and Chi-square statistics were then used to analyse the responses. The results show that majority of the students were male (56%), mainly within the ages 20-25 (60%) and had been admitted via the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (63%) with no prior forestry awareness, unlike the direct-entry students who mostly had post-secondary forestry-related experience. Widely, students’ perception evidenced their unwillingness towards the discipline with about 68%, 65%, and 94% of them not having prior knowledge about forestry before admission, never chose the course, and would not wish to further in any related post-study engagements, respectively. Meanwhile, only their educational background and their parents' educational level were found to have influenced their unwillingness. It was also revealed that this unwillingness impacted their academic performance significantly. Therefore, Forestry education should be made more attractive in every way possible to facilitate students’ interest and consequently improve academic performance and professional competence in forestry sector. Keywords: Forestry education, unwillingness, interest, influence and academic performance ID: 3623841

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