The Economic Development of Nigeria: Report of a Mission Organized by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development at the Request of the Governments of Nigeria and the United Kingdom

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TECHNICAL REPORT 11 FORESTRY

I THE ECONOMIC SIGNIFICANCE OF NIGERIAN FORESTS

For centuries the people of Nigeria have lived in and upon the forest. It has provided them with shelter, food and fuel, with spices, drugs,


TABLE 1 Regional Distribution of Forests

(Thousand sq. ml.)

Forest Reserves Total
Forest
Land1
Government
Reserves
Native
Administration
Reserves
Total
Reserves
Northern Region
High Forest -- 0.5 0.5 4.5
Savannah 0.3 16.4 16.7 100.7
Western Region
High Forest 1.7 2.4 4.1 4.4
Savannah 0.7 2.3 3.0 3.0
Eastern Region
High Forest 2.3 -- 2.3 2.3
Savannah 0.1 -- 0.1 0.1
Southern Cameroons
High Forest -- 1.9 1.9 3.3
Savannah -- 0.4 0.4 0.4
Total Nigeria
High Forest 4.0 4.8 8.8 14.5
Savannah 1.1 19.1 20.2 104.2
Mangrove Forests -- -- 0.1 0.7
Grand Total 5.1 24.0 29.1 119.4
1Reserves and unreserved forest stands combined.
SOURCE: Annual Report of Forest Administration, 1952-53. Figures on the Cameroons
provided by the Inspector-General of Forests.

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