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This study sought to establish the relationship between environmental legislation and biodiversity conservation for community development in Cross River State. To achieve the purpose of the study, two hypotheses were formulated and tested at .05 level of significance. Literature was reviewed according to the sub-variable of the study. The study adopted the “ex-post facto research design’’. The study population was made up of 4496 registered farmers from which the respondents were drawn. The sample for this study comprised 600 registered farmers residing in 12 selected communities from the study area. The instrument for data collection was a 20 item structured questionnaire. Face validity of the instrument was done by the supervisors and two experts in tests and measurement. The Cronbach Alpha reliability technique was used to ascertain the instrument's reliability, which ranges from .07 to .82, which certifies the instrument's reliability to measure the research variables. The administered questionnaire analysed data using simple regression analysis for the two hypotheses. The study's findings revealed that national park acts relate significantly to biodiversity conservation, and national environmental standard and regulation enforcement agencies significantly relate to biodiversity conservation in Cross River State, Nigeria. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended, among other things, that; The management of the National Park should be fully empowered in terms of human, material and financial resources to protect the biodiversity in the pack from intruders that are mostly from the local communities around the Parks and National Environmental Standards, Regulation Enforcement Agency should be credible enough to uphold environmental standards without fear or favour.



environment legislation conservation community development

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