Reducing illitracy and improving the health of local people through education and eco-tourism

June 14, 2017

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Reducing illitracy and improving the health of local people through education and eco-tourism

About the Implementing organization

Name: The Okwangwo Conservation Society (TOCS)

Country: Nigeria

Year of establishment: 2000

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Legally recognized non-profit status / Indigenous group or organization


The Okwangwo conservation society introduced eco-tourism project to help indigenous people protect the integrity of resources tourist paid to see and at the same time bring development and economic benefit through support from tourists. The eco-tourism program provided incentive from tourists that led to building of schools and clinic. Though the clinic was supported by US Embassy in Nigeria but through a tourist link. Our conservation education awareness increasing understanding about forest and local wildlife issues. we uses local methods and empower local people to participate in protecting their resources. The literate people educate the iliterate about importance of saving wildlife. This action is innovative because is done by local people themselve rather than outsiders who are often suspect of having a different conservation motive. . The provision of medical facilities and schools reduces the people econimic hardship and difficulties of acquiring the medical facilities.

Nature Element

Forests / Wildlife

Type of Action

Protection / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Health

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

When people are inform about the threats to biodiversity they do things differently to avoid the problems. Education and eco-tourism brought a new thinking to the people on importance of saving resources. The knowledge gain has make the people to be committed and participated in serving biodiverty. The incentives received through ecotourism has help to reduces economic hardship and avoid people entering the forest to obtain resources to sell and generate income for hospital bills

Sustainable Development Impacts

The impact is on reducing iliteracy and empowering people to think positively. promote the health and welfare of local people. The eco-tourism program will continue to sustain as we partner with Cross River State Tourism Bureau. This has brought incentives to local guide and porters as well as the entire community. The conservation education awareness program will increase people knowledge and help the to use forest resource by meeting their needs without compromising the needs of unborn generation


The clinic addresses HIV/AIDS and other related diseases. This has not been address in these remote villages. The effort of Okwangwo Conservation Society to save her people and the partnership with government hospital could expand the scale at local and national level and gain government support to address these issues in a larger scale. The ecotourism program tag " Adventure travel has gain national recognation and some local tourists has developed interest to come for gorilla tourism even though it is difficult to see Cross River gorillas.


We replicated this activity because it is informative and educative. We knew that people need to be aware of environmental problems and how they can prevent it future occurences. Our ecotourism program has proving to be sustainable and will continue expand the program through media and contact with friends. We have learn from other protected area effort and was replicated to okwangwo as well of motivating Okwangwo people to protect the integrity of resources toursit are paying to see. We also understand that eco-tourism program aftern brought economic benefit to host communities and can contribute to natural management

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