Some experts have called on the Federal Government to include the Bayelsa Taylor Creek Forest Reserve in its proposed National Park system of Niger Delta Basin to enhance tourism in the state.
The experts, working on the Niger Delta Biodiversity Conservation Project at the instance of UNDP, made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of a two-day roundtable on the establishment of National Parks in Yenagoa recently.
The communiqué, signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Roundtable, Prof. Godfrey Akani and Dr. Elijah Ohimain respectively, stated that the upgrade would address the absence of a major recreational centre in Bayelsa.
“Taylor Creek Forest Reserve located in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa, being another biodiversity hotspot, should be included in the proposed National Parks system in the Niger Delta Basin,’’ it stated.
The experts also advocated that other states in the Niger Delta region be explored for inclusion in the Niger Delta Park system, while a comprehensive baseline study on the biodiversity of the National Park system in Bayelsa be executed.
They called for a vigorous and sustained sensitisation of the host communities and other stakeholders as well as the establishment of a legal framework for the park to reflect current trends.
The experts called on the Bayelsa Government to constitute a working group in anticipation of the parks and ensure that the project be public-private partnership driven.
It urged oil companies operating in the Niger Delta to support and commitment to the project.
The participants were drawn from government, the academia, oil and gas companies, community-based organisations, host communities, civil society groups and the media. NAN

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