Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 371

JGRP Articles

Perception of local community toward protected woodlands at Dugda Woreda, East Shewa Zone, Oromia, Ethiopia

August 2020

Woodlands of Ethiopia are estimated to be around 70%. Unfortunately, this woodland is seriously under threats, mostly linked to human interference, livestock and climate change. To overcome these problems, protected woodlands were implemented in different parts of the country including Dugda Woreda Giraba KorkeAdii Kebele. However, the perception of local community towards protected woodlands was not studied. As a...

Author(s): Tsegu Ereso Denbel  

Challenges and opportunities in environmental impact assessment and environmental audit practice in Kenya

August 2020

Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Audit are tools of trade which are available for use by environmental managers around the world. They are applied as early as possible in decision-making throughout the life cycle of proposed development projects and actions that may have potentially significant impacts on biophysical and socio-cultural environments. These instruments provide for individual stakeholder...

Author(s): Ngetich J. K. and Ndiema A. C.  

The conservation corridors of the Benue National Park: Disconnected connection devices?

May 2020

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the viability of wildlife corridors between the Benue National Park and the Faro National Park through the hunting areas, by identifying the main threats to their integrity, mapping of land use, characterization of their flora and the wildlife inventory that frequents these corridors in order to propose measures for their sustainable management. Field observations, land use...

Author(s): Aoudou Doua Sylvain, Narke Jean Cyrille, Mbamba Mbamba Jean Paul Kévin, Tchobsala and Zoua Amadou  

Relationships between outdoor and indoor temperature characteristics in Yenagoa, Nigeria

May 2020

This study examined the relationships between outdoor and indoor temperature characteristics in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. It adopted the quasi experimental research design; as such data on meteorological parameters, such as, outdoor and indoor temperature were collected using thermometer and hygrometer, by the researcher in the study area and at designated locations in the metropolis, baring land-use in mind. The...

Author(s): Wodu D. P., Nwagbara, M. O. and Weli, V. E.

Rural-urban migration and household livelihood in the Agona West Municipality, Ghana

March 2020

Rural-urban migration, a multidimensional phenomenon, is becoming part of the daily reality in Ghana and many other developing countries. For instance, the impact of migration on households whose member(s) migrated is relatively not very clear. A study was therefore undertaken to examine and explain the impact of rural-urban migration on rural migrant’s households’ livelihood in three communities in Agona...

Author(s): Tanle A., Ogunleye-Adetona C. I. and Arthor G.

Climate change and smart city development: The challenge of non- implementation of Abuja-Nigeria light rail project

March 2020

In the present century, there has been increasing global pressure on governments to implement policies to incentivize reductions in CO2 emissions based on the devastating effects of global climate change. Researchers generally have established the fact that the automobile sector generates more than 50% of the atmospheric carbon concentration. It has also become obvious that FCC-Abuja Nigeria is merely a replica of Lagos...

Author(s): Jaiye Dukiya  

Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in residential solid waste management in Ibadan: Challenges and opportunities

March 2020

Waste management authorities have adopted different strategies at different times in managing waste in Nigeria. In spite of the various efforts put in place, municipal solid waste remains one of the most conspicuous and repugnant environmental problems that threaten the Nigerian city. This paper examines the challenges and opportunities of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in residential solid waste management in...

Author(s): Moruf Adekunle Alabi, Oluwasinaayomi Faith Kasim and Mubarak Olatunji Lasisi  

Planning: The town planners’ perspective

December 2019

The concept of planning has been a subject of territorial debates amidst various disciplines and at all conclusions; everyone is a planner in his/her own right. It is against this background of oversimplification that this study attempts to explore the various meaning and scope of planning both from the general percept and town planners’ viewpoint. It relates the discus to Nigeria environment where the requisites,...

Author(s): Olanrewaju Samson Olaitan  

Urban land use planning and its effects on the provision of public sanitation facilities in the Wa Municipality, Ghana

December 2019

This study has investigated the implications of land use planning on the provision and management of public sanitation facilities in the Wa Municipality, using three zones (Zone 1-Jangbeyiri and Suriyiri; Zone 2-Kpaguri; Zone 3-Mangu) of different land use and socioeconomic characteristics. A mixed method approach was utilized. Field surveys including 374 respondents, key informant interviews, and spatial planning...

Author(s): Prosper B. Laari, Sumaila A. Bayorbor and Gideon Sagoe

Trends in land use/land cover changes in the Densu River basin and its impact on the Weija reservoirs and the Densu Delta (Sakumo I lagoon) in Ghana

December 2019

The Densu River basin is one of the most import water resources in Ghana. It is a source of drinking water to more than half of the five (5) million populations of Accra and seven other communities within the basin. Rapid population growth and increasing development pressure within the basin is changing the basin land cover into settlement. This study examined the trend in land use and land cover changes that occurred...

Author(s): Frank O. Adjei, Kwaku A. Adjei, Emmanuel Obuobie and Samuel N. Odai

Drivers to energy efficiency development in lighting and air-conditioning systems in manufacturing industries in Ghana for 2018

July 2019

The increase in electricity demand, coupled with drastic deficit in energy generation and depleting conventional energy resources continues to create complex challenges for the energy market in Ghana. But Energy Efficiency (EE) in lighting and air-conditioning has been considered as a green area for reducing energy consumption. The manufacturing sector has been considered as a key area for the implementation of energy...

Author(s): Jones Lewis Arthur and Josephine Fianu  

Population move on Rajasthan: Regional analysis

July 2019

The physiography of Rajasthan is not suitable for agricultural activity. Most parts of Rajasthan are sandy regions and Aravalli Mountain, which is a barrier for agriculture. Eastern part of Rajasthan is covered with plain soil but this region is also not suitable for agriculture. This is the reason why Rajasthan experienced a large proportion of out-migration from its different physiographic regions. The present...

Author(s): Manoj Debnath and Sheuli Ray

Provision of down market urban housing in Kenya through strategic application of public private partnerships

June 2019

Article 43 1 (b) of the constitution of Kenya (2010), alongside other international treaties which the country is party to, obligates the state to provide housing for all Kenyans. These instruments place a greater emphasis on the slums and informal settlements upgrading and development, key among which is down market urban housing. Down market urban housing is principally housing for the low income urban households, or...

Author(s): Daniel Mutegi Giti, Owiti Abiero K’Akumu and Edwin Oyaro Ondieki  

The paradox of post-colonial urban growth in the city of Zaria, Nigeria

January 2019

Post-colonial urban growth and expansion is spiralling in Nigerian cities, marked by a curious lack of planning in the newly developed areas despite an initial impetus during the colonial administration for some measure of formal regulation. This paper attempts to examine the character of the phenomenon and its contrasts with the foundation laid for modern formal town planning during the colonial era in Nigeria. It...

Author(s): Sani Ma’aruf  

Analyzing spatial and non-spatial factors that influence educational quality of primary schools in emerging regions of Ethiopia: Evidence from geospatial analysis and administrative time series data

January 2019

Education is the most powerful instrument to transform socioeconomic status of given society. However, education will be only more effective when its quality is sustained.  Education without quality is a gun without bullet. In developing countries there are number of factors that affect education quality. However, little is known about those factors. Therefore, this study seeks to identify spatial and non-spatial...

Author(s): Abraha Tesfay Abraha  

Urban road and on-street parking in Niger Delta Region of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

December 2018

This study is a survey of urban roads and on-street parking in Niger Delta Region- Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. The study generated data with the aid of physical measurements, traffic and volumetric counts. Descriptive and inferential statistical tools were utilized for the data analysis. The results showed that road widths were narrow and could not accommodate on-street parking. Tested hypotheses confirmed that the width of...

Author(s): Kenibolayefa Michael Owota and Innocent Miebaka Aprioku  

Environmental sanitation practices in Kuchigworo and Garamajiji along airport road, Abuja

December 2018

Good environmental sanitation is a precondition for good health and success in the fight against poverty, hunger and death. It is also central to the human rights and personal dignity of every human being. The study adopted direct field observation, it involved interview and physical assessment. Results were presented in tables and charts, while data analyses were carried using simple percentages and frequencies. The...

Author(s): Sadiq Q. O., Ezeamaka C. K., Daful M. G., Anjide T. W., Sani H. and Ogbole M.  

An assessment of youths’ perception and participation on environmental management undertakings: Empirical evidence from Youth Development and Change Package implementation in Southern Ethiopia (SNNPRS)

December 2018

The participation of youths is important in the management of environmental problems. Environmental problems such as deforestation, overgrazing, soil erosion, and improper waste disposal are common in most parts of Ethiopia. Inappropriate environmental policies, population growth, climate change, and low level of awareness and less participation of the public are the major factors responsible for the problems. These...

Author(s): Tafesse Matewos Karo  

Improving the quality of Alaska Native Village climate change planning

November 2018

Alaska Native Villages (ANVs) are trying to adapt to some of the most extreme climate change in the nation; but the planning systems in place for these communities are not necessarily leading to adaptive actions. Based on reviews of existing plans as well as interviews and conversations with 153 people that live in ANVs or influence ANVs plans and policies, this article describes how climate change adaptation and hazard...

Author(s): Elizaveta Barrett Ristroph  

Spatial linkages of local market in Nepal: A case study of Panchkhal Kavrepalanchowk, Nepal

November 2018

Market centers are the points of interactions for socio-economic functions and services. The relative importance of the market centers are largely dependent on the functional range and magnitude which includes both commercial and non-commercial functions offered by market centers. This study tries to analyze the spatial linkages of Panchkhal market, through the collection of primary data and information in December,...

Author(s): Kedar Dahal  

Land use change and sediment yield studies in Ghana: Review

September 2018

Understanding the factors and processes controlling catchment sediment yield is crucial and fundamental to water resources management and development. This review provides an inventory on land use and sediment yield studies in Ghana and explores their existing link. The review through desktop studies analyzed the discussions and related studies on the impact of land use/cover change on sediment yield. Available...

Author(s): Ebenezer Boakye, Geophery K. Anornu, Jonathan A. Quaye-Ballard and Emmanuel A. Donkor  

Intra- household food allocation among adolescents in coffee farming households in Jimma Zone, South west Ethiopia

September 2018

There are wide ranges of factors that determine individual food insecurity within households. In cash crop area products are for market rather than for agricultural households that can cause food accessibility to a severe challenge. There is, however, a dearth of information about the food security status of adolescent living inside coffee farming households. The aim of this study is to investigate the prevalence of...

Author(s): Getu Gizaw Haile and Kalkidan Hassen Abate  

Effect of youth engagement in vegetable farming on household well-being in Kakamega Town, Kenya

August 2018

This paper focuses on the effect of youth engagement in vegetable production on household well-being in Kakamega Town, Kenya. Survey research design was used and data was collected from 159 urban youth farmers using structured questionnaires and interviews. It was observed that the vegetable farmers engaged more frequently in weed control, land preparation, harvesting and planting. There was significant association...

Author(s): Edwin A. B. Juma, Paul Omondi and Raphael W. Kareri

The role of human resource development on the implementation of differential advantage approach in OVOP Projects, Kenya

July 2018

The study seeks to fill an information gap of critical role of human resource development in the implementation of differential advantage approach in Kenya One Village One Product (OVOP) projects. It seems that Kenya OVOP was a government-driven project with emphasis on product development, a deviation from its origin model which was people driven movement and put an emphasis on human resources development. It therefore...

Author(s): Nyamu G. K., Wagah G. G. and Obala L. M.

Malaria prone area analysis and mapping using geospatial tools: The case of Amibara and Gewane Woreda, afar region, Ethiopia

June 2018

Malaria is one of the most killer diseases in our planet earth. It is the primary cause of patient talks, admissions and demise every year in Ethiopia. It is important to reduce the transmission and effects of the problem identifying and mapping the malaria risk area using geospatial technologies. The general objective of the study is to analyze and map malaria prone areas using geospatial tools in Amibara and Gewanie...

Author(s): Mohammed Motuma Assen  

The role of productive processes on the implementation of differential advantage approach in Kenya “OVOP” projects

June 2018

The study sought to fill an information gap of streamlining productive processes in the implementation of differential advantage approach in Kenya OVOP projects. Since the adoption of One Village One Product (OVOP) movement has been faced with implementation challenges, inadequate resources, and capacities inhibiting its momentum in Kenya. Similarly, lack of political commitment, leadership and mutual cooperation among...

Author(s): Nyamu G. K., Wagah G. G. and Obala L. M.

Urbanization and the environment: The debate and evidence from two new cities in Nigeria

May 2018

The rate of urbanization has been increasing rapidly since the second half of the 20th century. The impact urbanization has on the environment has attracted considerable attention. The viewpoints on the impact and the experience in Nigeria, particularly in the two new cities of Abuja and Yenagoa, are analyzed. The data collection involves an extensive review of literature, consultation of government documents and...

Author(s): Chris O. Ikporukpo

A comparative analysis of residential quality of public and private estates in an urban centre of Lagos, Nigeria: A case study of Iba Estate in Ojo and Unity Estate in Alimosho

April 2018

In recent years, most of the urban centers in Nigeria are fast experiencing housing problems such as unaffordable housing and environmental challenges, all of which determine the nature of housing quality. This research centers on Iba Low Cost Housing Estate, Ojo and the Unity Low Cost Housing Estate Alimosho to carry out a comparative analysis of the residential quality. The research reveals the dilapidated state of...

Author(s): Akinde Jubril Olatunbosun  

Integrating tiny and small homes into the urban landscape: History, land use barriers and potential solutions

March 2018

There is growing interest in living in tiny and small houses in the United States of America (USA). However, in many urban communities, it is illegal to build such homes due to the current land use regulations. This article presents an overview of the land use policy barriers to tiny and small house integration, in addition to potential solutions. The article also examines how interest in tiny and small house living has...

Author(s): Krista Evans  

Spatial pattern and influencing factors of county consumption level

February 2018

The aim of this paper is to improve the level of consumption in the region and achieve sustained and steady regional economic growth. According to global autocorrelation calculation, the difference in county consumption level of the Wanjiang City Cluster since 2004 generally takes on an increasing trend, while the consumption level presents unbalanced development. Evolution of spatial distribution pattern indicates that...

Author(s): Li Jiulin, Chu Jinlong, Chen Xiaohua, Gu Kangkang, and Wang Yongzheng,  

Retrospective land use land cover change detection using geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing techniques: The Case of Andasa Micro-Watershed, Amhara National Regional State, Ethiopia

January 2018

Land use/land cover change is a general term for the modification and conversion of the earth’s surface by human and natural factors.  Land cover is the physical and biological cover of the surface. Land use covers the results of human activities for the exploitation of it.  The objective of this study was to detect land cover/use changes in Andasa Watershed between the years 1995 to 2015.  The...

Author(s): Habtamu Kerebeh and Abate Shiferaw

Environmental sustainability in local governments: A case of Turkish municipalities

December 2017

This study investigated the level of perception and understanding of local government staff about environmental sustainability tools and implementations in the city of Istanbul in Turkey. It employed qualitative methods and the data was collected via interview method. The study adapted Bostancı’s eco-municipality researches to investigate sustainability tools of municipalities in Turkey. According to this...

Author(s): Seda Yıldırım, Seda H. Bostancı and Seyfettin Erdoğan

Critical factors determining public transport access level in Abuja federal capital territory of Nigeria

November 2017

This study aims to investigate the key factors which determine access to public transport service in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Nigeria. Data were collected based on ten public transport access levels indicators namely: Safety, transport fare, bus availability, comfort level, speed on transit, delays at parks, bus stops and on transit highway, adherence to estimated arrival time, adherence to...

Author(s): Oluwole Matthew Sunday

Re-analysis of tropical cyclone variability from February 1956 to February 2016 over the western North Pacific using the TianGan-DiZhi calendar

November 2017

Properly organized data is vital for appropriate statistics and theories. In this study, it was hypothesized that raw tropical cyclone (TC) data labeled with the current Gregorian time system, dampened the dominant signals and order in the data. Therefore, the objective of this study was to explore and reorganize the data, using the TianGan-DiZhi (T-D) calendar. All 6 h TC records in 60 sidereal years over the western...

Author(s): Yan Wang

Physical and commuting characteristics of selected peri-urban settlements in Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria

November 2017

Cities in Nigeria have been experiencing exceptional changes in terms of population and spatial extent. The rapid rate of these growths and the inadvertent expansion of cities have resulted in several negative consequences. This research is aimed at evaluating the physical and commuting pattern of selected peri-urban settlements. The objectives are to examine the availability of utilities, services and infrastructure;...

Author(s): M. B. Usman, Y. A. Sanusi and D. Musa

Spatial suitability for urban sustainable densification in a borderland city

October 2017

The traditional approach to pursuit of sustainable urban development involves an integrated, long-term planning process based on a series of environmental, economic, equity and livability societal values, for creating healthy and prosperous communities that not only meet the physical needs but also the aspirations of their residents. Urban land plays a central role as the material basis of this process; therefore,...

Author(s): Erick Sánchez Flores and Marisol Rodríguez Sosa

Development of an informal cadastre using social tenure domain model (STDM): A case study in Kwarasi informal settlement scheme Mombasa

October 2017

The Kenya government together with development partners has embarked on the development of informal settlements. Mombasa County has more than 70 informal settlements; information about the settlements and their relationship to the existing cadastral spatial layer covering the entire Mombasa County needs to be determined in order to support decision making for sustainable development. This study evaluates the Social...

Author(s): Bartholomew, C. Mwanyungu, David, N. Kuria, Moses, K. Gachari, Godfrey, O. Makokha and Malachi Odongo

Factors affecting farmers’ land tenure security after the implementation of rural land registration and certification program in Hulet Eju Enese district, Amhara region, Ethiopia

October 2017

In Ethiopia, land tenure insecurity is one of the major factors that affect the productivity of smallholder agriculture and sustainable development. The present government of Ethiopia designed and implemented rural land registration and certification program in the four major regions to enhance the land tenure security of peasants. The aim of this study was to investigate factors that affect land tenure security of...

Author(s): Gebrie Tsegaye

Built environment and individual travel behavior: Findings from two Bangkok districts

September 2017

As many cities in the global South are expanding rapidly, their urban form and built environment transforms and thus people’s travel demand and behaviour. This paper investigates how the built environment on district level influences individuals’ travel behavior and rationales for activity and mode choice in two Bangkok districts. Findings shows that individuals in the sparse outer district – who...

Author(s): Jerry Olsson, and Koranis Tanangsnakool

Low cost geothermal energy indicators and exploration methods in Kenya

September 2017

Geothermal power is one of the safest and environment friendly energy worldwide. It has been harvested in Kenya since 1956 with most potential sites being along the Rift Valley. There are surface manifestations such as hot springs and mudpools that are visible. Different methods of exploration are usually applied, including geophysical, geochemical and geological methods. This paper highlights different geothermal...

Author(s): Mary Wandia Macharia, Moses Karoki Gachari, David Ndegwa Kuria and Nicholas Obuya Mariita

Evaluation of the institutional arrangements for rural water supply in Enugu State, Nigeria

August 2017

This paper presents a qualitative assessment of the institutional arrangements for public water supply to rural communities of the Enugu State, Nigeria, in order to isolate strategies that can enhance institutional strengthening and improve service delivery in the area. The data used were obtained through questionnaire surveys, field observations and from records in the states agencies responsible for public water...

Author(s): Obeta Michael C.

Assessing land use and land cover change using participatory geographical information system (PGIS) approach in Nguruman Sub-catchment, Kajiado north Sub county, Kenya

August 2017

Approaches that bridge the technology and knowledge gaps between policy makers and local communities towards natural resource management are required. This study employed participatory Geographical Information System (PGIS) to assess and identify drivers of land use and land cover changes in Nguruman Sub-catchment. Data were collected following a focus group discussion (FGDs) during which a resource mapping exercise was...

Author(s): Malaki Philista Adhiambo, Geoffrey Kironchi, Stephen Mureithi and Vincent Kathumo

Urban renewal strategies in developing nations: A focus on Makoko, Lagos State, Nigeria

August 2017

One of the greatest changes that have occurred in the last century in developing countries is the urban growths which have produced more slums in our cities. The study examines the physical conditions in Makoko, an urban slum in Lagos, Nigeria. Geographical information system (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) technologies were used, in a post classification, to model possible land use changes in the area overtime. It also...

Author(s): Michael Ajide Oyinloye, Isaac Oluwadare Olamiju and Olusola Olalekan Popoola

Municipal solid waste and flooding in Lagos metropolis, Nigeria: Deconstructing the evil nexus

July 2017

Municipal solid waste (MSW) has contributed significantly to flooding in the Lagos metropolis. This study examined the volume of MSW generated using per capita waste generation, projected population, quantity of MSW collected and deposited at six landfills sites from 2007 to 2013. One thousand and twenty-five copies of a structured questionnaire were administered to obtain data. The points where MSW blocked drainage...

Author(s): S. Ojolowo and B. Wahab

Analysis of trends in rainfall and water balance characteristics of Awka, Nigeria

July 2017

This paper analyses the trend in rainfall and water balance characteristics of Awka, Nigeria using the monthly rainfall data retrieved from the archives of the Nigeria Meteorological Agency in Lagos from 1976 to 2015. The tools employed for the study are linear regression analysis, cumulative sum (CUSUM) technique, Walter’s cumulative index analysis and Thornthwaite’s method. Rainfall was observed to have...

Author(s): Chukwudi P. Nzoiwu, Emma E. Ezenwaji, Ifeanyi C. Enete and Nwabueze I. Igu

Predicting urban sprawl and land use changes in Akure region using markov chains modeling

July 2017

This study makes use of Markov chains modeling to predict sprawl and pattern of land use change in Akure region. Efforts were made to examine the trend of the expansion using Aerial Imagery Interpolation (AII). It focuses on overlaying of Landsat TM imageries of 1986, 2002, 2007 and 2014 to determine the land use changes and extent of expansion between 1985 and 2014. The land use were classified and displayed in colors...

Author(s): Owoeye J. O. and Popoola O. O.

Efficacy of forest resources governance on REDD+ performance in Uvinza district, western Tanzania

June 2017

This paper presents findings of a study on the effectiveness of forest resource governance on the performance of the REDD+ project in the Masito-Ugalla ecosystem in Uvinza district, western Tanzania through transparency, accountability, participation and integrity. The study was conducted in Ilagala, Karago and Kirando villages with the objective of understanding the effects of forest resources governance on REDD+...

Author(s): John E. Makunga and Salome B. Misana

Spatial analysis of the petrol stations in Khan-Younis city using geographic information system (GIS) techniques

June 2017

This study was conducted in Palestine, the Gaza strip in Khan Younis City. The study aimed at analyzing petrol stations locations in Khan Younis City. It used geographic information system (GIS) based multi standard analysis. 25 petrol stations are available in Khan Younis City, distributed in 11 neighborhoods. A preview was created about the different petrol stations in Khan Younis City. This outline includes the...

Author(s): Odeh Jameel El Faleet

Geospatial based biofuels suitability assessment in Ethiopia

June 2017

Due to the rising demands of fuels combined with efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emission, countries all over the world are looking for alternative clean energy sources such as biofuel. Ethiopia imports a huge amount of fuel each year and to supplement its energy needs efforts are underway for biofuel development. Despite this, comprehensive assessments of the suitable sites for biofuel feedstocks are lacking. This...

Author(s): Tenaw Geremew, Mitiku Adisu and Tamene Mengistu

Web geographic information system (GIS) in accreditation and monitoring of professional training institutions for quality assurance: The case of Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB), Kenya

June 2017

Professional education is crucial not only in impacting citizens with skills and competencies in specific fields, but also in accelerating development in any country. Kenya aims at providing globally competitive quality education, training and research to her citizens. In line with these national goals and in order to maintain the quality of its qualifications, Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations...

Author(s): Daniel Ndambiri Ngunyi and Godfrey O. Makokha

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