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The Cross River landscape contains the largest forest block left in Nigeria, with a wide variety of habitats ranging from dense rainforest to montane forest to high-altitude grasslands, spread over an altitudinal gradient from 150 to over 1,700m. and is contiguous with forests in Cameroon. The region is a biodiversity hotspot of global significance and a centre of endemism for primates, birds, freshwater fish and amphibians. The Oban and Okwangwo Divisions of Cross River National Park are recognised as UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and as a proposed World Heritage Site. The Support Programme for the Preservation of Forest Ecosystems in West Africa (PAPFor), in support of Protected Areas and cross- border collaboration, helps local communities to develop sustainable livelihoods that are compatible with maintaining forest cover.
|NIG||Cross River National Park||National Park||3,640 km²|
|NIG||Mbe Mountains||National Park||100 km²|
|NIG||Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary||Wildlife Sanctuary||100 km²|
|NIG||Afi River Forest Reserve||Forest Reserve||380 km²|
|NIG||Cross River South Forest Reserve||Forest Reserve||350 km²|
Project starting date: December 2019
Project end date: December 2023
|The PAPFor programme in Cross River State is implemented by |
the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration with
the National Park Service and Cross River State Government.