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Using Geospatial Information Technology in Natural Resources Management: The Case of Urban Land Management In West Africa

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In the past several decades, Lagos Metropolis emerged as one of the fastest urbanizing cities in the West African Sub-region. In the absence of a regular use of geospatial information management systems, limited effort had been made to keep track of changes in the natural environment in the rapidly growing city for policy making in land administration. The ubiquitous energy radiated by the rapid urbanization rate in the area not only created unprecedented consequences by diminishing the quality of the environment and natural resources but it raises serious implications for land management in the region. The factors fuelling the land crisis in the area which are not far fetched consists of socio-economic, ecological and policy elements. To tackle these issues in a mega city, up-to-date knowledge would be required to capture and analyze land information trends. Such an effort will help manage the city's expansion as well as infrastructure development through the right choices in planning and (spatial) designs using the latest tools in geospatial technologies of Geographic Information Systems GIS) and remote sensing. This study investigates the spatial implications of the rapid expansion of metropolitan Lagos for land management using GIS and Remote sensing technology. The result of the research provides a valuable road map that can enable planners contribute to improved land administration necessary for effective management of natural resources.

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Mentions: Lagos state is situated in the South Western Nigeria within latitudes 6 degrees 23′N and Longitudes 2 degrees and 3 degrees 42 E (Figure:1). The state is bounded from the North and East by Ogun State, in the West by the Republic of Benin and the South by the Atlantic Ocean. The total land mass of the state stretches over 3,345 kilometers. While the state appears physically smaller, it is ranked as the most highly populated state in the country with an estimated population of about 10 million inhabitants representing 10 % of the total population of Nigeria. Because water is the most significant topographical feature in Lagos State, water and wetlands cover 40% of the total land area in the state. Other notable features in the state consist of Lagoon and creeks, wetlands, barrier islands, beaches and estuaries [14].


Using Geospatial Information Technology in Natural Resources Management: The Case of Urban Land Management In West Africa
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Mentions: Lagos state is situated in the South Western Nigeria within latitudes 6 degrees 23′N and Longitudes 2 degrees and 3 degrees 42 E (Figure:1). The state is bounded from the North and East by Ogun State, in the West by the Republic of Benin and the South by the Atlantic Ocean. The total land mass of the state stretches over 3,345 kilometers. While the state appears physically smaller, it is ranked as the most highly populated state in the country with an estimated population of about 10 million inhabitants representing 10 % of the total population of Nigeria. Because water is the most significant topographical feature in Lagos State, water and wetlands cover 40% of the total land area in the state. Other notable features in the state consist of Lagoon and creeks, wetlands, barrier islands, beaches and estuaries [14].

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

In the past several decades, Lagos Metropolis emerged as one of the fastest urbanizing cities in the West African Sub-region. In the absence of a regular use of geospatial information management systems, limited effort had been made to keep track of changes in the natural environment in the rapidly growing city for policy making in land administration. The ubiquitous energy radiated by the rapid urbanization rate in the area not only created unprecedented consequences by diminishing the quality of the environment and natural resources but it raises serious implications for land management in the region. The factors fuelling the land crisis in the area which are not far fetched consists of socio-economic, ecological and policy elements. To tackle these issues in a mega city, up-to-date knowledge would be required to capture and analyze land information trends. Such an effort will help manage the city's expansion as well as infrastructure development through the right choices in planning and (spatial) designs using the latest tools in geospatial technologies of Geographic Information Systems GIS) and remote sensing. This study investigates the spatial implications of the rapid expansion of metropolitan Lagos for land management using GIS and Remote sensing technology. The result of the research provides a valuable road map that can enable planners contribute to improved land administration necessary for effective management of natural resources.

No MeSH data available.