Assessing the Potentials of Epoto Cave as an Ecotourism Asset in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria

Eja, Eja I., Obiora Judipat N.


This research examined the potentials of Epoto Cave as an ecotourism asset in Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State. Three communities in Abi Local Government Area were used for this study. Three hundred and seven copies of questionnaire were randomly distributed to residents within the sample framework. The research findings shows that Epoto Cave has the potential for ecotourism development in the area. It was discovered that threat to local culture, exposure of community natural resources among others were community concerns towards the development of Epoto Cave for ecotourism. The data collected shows that some basic amenities such as effective road network, electricity and adequate security network in the area are needed to ensure the development of Epoto Cave. It was also noticed that the development of Epoto Cave can enhance community development as it would create investment opportunities, employment generation and at the same time lead to emergence of other small scale enterprises in the area. However, the neglect of the Epoto Cave for ecotourism development by government and private sector have caused increase in the rate of anthropogenic activities and socioeconomic activities that have degraded the entire aesthetics of Epoto Cave and its environs. Therefore, an effective mechanism must be put in place in order to ensure the development of Epoto Cave for ecotourism activities if the potential must be reaped.

Keywords: Ecotourism, Epoto Cave, Development, Potential, Pristine ecosystem

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