Impact Of Human Activities On Ecosystem In Rivers State, Nigeria
AbstractThis study was to assess the percent sample population size of people involved in selected human economic activities and the impact on ecosystem in Rivers State. The data for this study was obtained from a sample size of 1000 respondents who were purposively selected from the
study area. Purposive sample was used to ensure that the questionnaires which were the materials for collection of data, were directed at 8 human economic activities in Rivers State. The 8 human economic activities were: farming, fishing, logging, charcoal/fuelwood collection, construction/urban development, industrialization/manufacturing, transportation and soil
excavation. The state was divided into 10 strata and assessment was carried out using 100 questionnaires per stratum. Descriptive statistics involving frequencies and percentages were used to analyze the data. Result showed that 40.8% of the sample population was involved in
transport business. 19.9% and 11.9% were involved in industrialization/ manufacturing and construction/ urbanization respectively. Other economic activities were farming 2.6 %, fishing 1.5%, logging 2.3%, fuel wood collection 6% and soil excavation 5.6% respectively.