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: 384

JGRP Articles

An assessment of sachet water quality in Zaria Area of Kaduna State, Nigeria

July 2015

In this study, Physico-chemical analysis of 21 brands of sachet water packaged within Zaria metropolis was evaluated to compare their compliance with World Health Organisation (WHO) and Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS) threshold limits using standard analytical methods. The parameters evaluated include: colour, taste, odour, pH, chloride, potassium, calcium, electric conductivity, oxygen demand (OD), biological oxygen...

Author(s): Yusuf, Y.O., Jimoh, A.I., Onaolapo, E.O. and Dabo, Y.

Retrospect of post-colonial metropolitan planning in India: Critical appraisal

June 2015

Metropolitan planning after the six decades has evolved so much. Planning issues are not deviated from that much. Early urban planning was guided by their master plans. Four major metropolises of India namely Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai have formulated their master plans between mid sixties to late seventies. The paper tried to find out the evolution of the urban planning ideas from 1960s onward with respect to...

Author(s): JOY KARMAKAR

Geospatial mapping of Srinagar City

June 2015

Mapping has remarkably become an essential tool to represent the land surface processes, utility sites and the interactions of the human activities with the environment. The rapid evolution of geographic information data management and the automation of satellite image interpretation through remote sensing techniques are providing increasingly abundant ways of mapping. Geospatial approach is very useful tool to...

Author(s): Khalid Omar Murtaza, Manzoor Ahmad Rather, Zubair Lateef, Vakeel Shah and Nisar Kuchhay

Impact of silica mining on environment

June 2015

From the beginning of human civilization, paradigm of man-nature relationship is changing continuously. After industrial revolution human interference in the natural ecosystem increased and technological development made us capable to explore and extract natural resources, while human greed enhanced the pace of their exploitation. With growing development, the man nature relationship became more imbalanced. Mineral...

Author(s): Ashutosh Mishra

Dynamics of a third world city: Case of Niamey, Niger

May 2015

Urbanization is a landscape transformation process that is manifested by spatial expansion relative to human development. The present study aimed at the characterization of the spatio-temporal dynamics of Niamey city over the past 38 years (1975-2013) through a diachronic analysis of Lands at satellite images and application of landscape ecology principles. It sought to: (i) analyze the spatiotemporal pattern of land...

Author(s): Salamatou Abdourahamane Illiassou, Abdoulaye Diouf, Boubacar Moussa Mamoudou, Abou-Soufianou Sadda, Ali Mahamane, Mahamane Saadou

Dimensions of spatial inequalities in Ghanaian cities

May 2015

In many African countries, spatial inequalities in the provision and distribution of social services can be explained by a myriad of factors including the development approaches adopted in their colonial history. This paper explores the spatial inequality among cities in Northern and Southern Ghana as evident in the availability of infrastructural facilities such as health, education, telecommunication, and potable...

Author(s): Poku-Boansi, Michael and Amoako, Clifford

The incidence of violent deaths in geographic perspective, Colombia, 2004-2013: An analysis based on the concept of spatial regimes

April 2015

Homicide, deaths in traffic accidents, other lethal accidents and suicide are, by incidence, the causes of violent deaths. Forensic medicine and auxiliary disciplines have made significant scientific contributions to formalize an epidemiology of these phenomena, ethnology being the commonly used methodological choice. This paper proposes two different approaches in order to contribute to this epidemiology, on the...

Author(s): Óscar A. Alfonso R

Climate change and erosion activities in Benin-Owena River Basin, S. W. Nigeria

April 2015

The impact of climate change on the incidence of soil erosion was examined in the Benin-Owena River Basin, Southwestern Nigeria. Climate change was indexed by rainfall and temperature. Information was obtained on these parameters from 1960-2010 for some selected stations in the basin. Similarly, data on erosion control measures were obtained in the basin from 1990-2010. The results obtained showed gradual increase in...

Author(s): C.I. Ikhile

Urban development and land use changes around the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti Nigeria

April 2015

Urban ecological systems are characterized by complex interactions among institutional, socio-economic and environmental variables. These interactions often generate complex human-dominated landscapes, which significantly influence effective functioning of local and global earth ecosystems and the services they provide to humans and other life on earth. Changes in ecological conditions that result from human actions in...

Author(s): Owoeye, J.O. and Ogunleye, O.S.

Physical planning administration in Nigeria: Abia State experience

March 2015

Man from creation was endowed by nature with the ability of physical planning qualities. From the onset, man was able to organize and order his settlements to provide food and shelter and equally to trade among other benefits. These rudimentary influences that shaped settlements in the early times were later overwhelmed by the backlash effects of growth in population, sprawling and ribbon developments and poor...

Author(s): Sunday Obilo Umezuruike

Morphometric characteristics of selected fluviatile lakes in the Upper Benue Valley Area of Adamawa State, Northeastern Nigeria

March 2015

Bathymetric survey and mapping are important procedures for monitoring temporal changes in hydrogeomorphic characteristics of lakes. This study is the first ever carried out on the lakes, and as such provides relevant baseline information for current use and future studies. The studied lakes (Gwakra, Geriyo, Pariya-Ribadu and Pariya) were purposively selected for the study on the basis of size and relevance. The...

Author(s): Yonnana Ezekiel, Abdullahi L. Tukur and Aishatu M. Mubi

Institutional factors and governance arrangements affecting crop residue utilization in Mt. Elgon Region, Uganda

March 2015

Crop production in Mt. Elgon region (Uganda) generates a significant amount of crop residues (CR) that have for a long time been considered as ‘trash’ or agricultural waste. This neglect is due, in part, to the absence of a clear institutional framework governing utilization of CR. This paper presents a case for understanding of institutions that govern practices of CR utilization. It adopts the...

Author(s): Moses Makooma Tenyhwa, Paul Isolo Mukwaya, Yazidhi Bamutaze,Charles Kiiza Luswata and David Kirya

Changes in marriage practices among the Bafumbira of Western Uganda

February 2015

This paper examines changes in marriage practices of the Bafumbira, an ethnic group in Western Uganda.  The paper uses data obtained from primary data that included focus group discussions (FGDs) in Kisoro District and Kampala City and compliments it with secondary data. It shows that some marriage practices threatened by modernization through formal education, migration and urbanization are still very relevant to...

Author(s): TUMWINE Fredick Ruguma

Health impact assessment of community-based solid waste management facilities in Ilorin West Local Government Area, Kwara State, Nigeria

February 2015

Adverse inter-relationships between man and his environment has been the main cause of disequilibrium, which usually result in negative effects to man himself, his environment and his survival as epitomized by the current global climate change phenomenon. This study applied the concept of Health Impact Assessment (HIA), an evolution of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to predict the health impact of the proposed...

Author(s): T. K. Oyekan and A. O. Sulyman

Menace of illegal motor parks in Nigerian urban environment: Example from Ilorin city

February 2015

Parking lots are areas designated and fixed by the authority of city’s management or its agents to ease inter and intra-transport systems for long or short journey passengers. Parking lot is an essential part of the transport system; it plays a crucial role in the management of traffic and congestion. But where these lots are not authorized they become illegal parking. Illegal parking lot forms one of the major...

Author(s): Y.A. Ahmed

Land use/land cover change detection in some selected stations in Anambra State

January 2015

In this paper, land use and land cover change detection of some selected stations in Anambra state for three (3) periods of twenty-nine (29) years was conducted. This was done by using three satellite images of different dates (1986, 2000 and 2013) which were interpreted and analyzed to extract the detailed information for identification of the changes. To obtain the changes in the land use/land cover, the traditional...

Author(s): Ifeka Adolphus C. and Akinbobola A.

Factor analysis of soil spatial variability in Akoko Region of Ondo State, Nigeria

January 2015

Variability in soil properties is a critical element across wide areas of researches especially in several aspects of agriculture and environment. The objective of this study was to examine the spatial variability of soil properties and factors contributing to the general pattern of variability in Akoko Region. Observations were carried out largely from sampling points and twenty soil samples were collected for...

Author(s): Olorunlana, F.A.

The influence of highway Mexicali - San Felipe in the quality of life of their environs

December 2014

This study argues that the modernization of the Federal Highway No. 5 Mexicali - San Felipe has impacted over social benefits of 10 localities. Despite that the works have not been concluded in all the extension of the highway, the Urban Marginal Indexes are estimated at their ex – before (2000) and ex – post (2010). It is observed that the 2 localities connected directly with the road have decreased their...

Author(s): Alejandro Mungarayand Leonel Gabriel García

Inclusive planning in Nigeria: A veritable tool for poverty reduction

December 2014

In perceived or real terms stagnation in the supply of poverty alleviation, materials and resources seems to be the order of the day in Nigeria. Even though there are core poverty eradication ministries and agencies, their benefits are not evenly distributed as expected. What we have is a development where some are favoured and others are not. The paper argues in favour of embracing inclusive planning as a veritable...

Author(s): Akwu, Kingsley Chidozie and Kanu, Ejikeme Johnson

An appraisal of climate change and agriculture in Nigeria

November 2014

Climate change is a phenomenon that has the potential of affecting all natural and human systems and may be a threat to human development. This is particularly the case in developing countries. This paper is a theoretical article that uses secondary sources of data including weather events that occurred recently to appraise climate change and agriculture in Nigeria. The results have shown that human activities are...

Author(s): Suleiman Iguda Ladan

Perceived housing satisfaction in public estates of Osogbo, Nigeria

November 2014

The study assesses residents’ housing satisfaction in public housing estates of Osogbo, Nigeria. Condition of housing, adequacy of housing facilities and residents’ perception of housing satisfaction in public estates in Osogbo were assessed. The study necessarily relied on both the primary and secondary data. Both qualitative and quantitative data were also used. Data were obtained from six (6) public...

Author(s): Akindele O. Akin, Ojo Tosin and Abolade O

Land use, land cover change in urban pastoral interface. A case of Kajiado County, Kenya

November 2014

Suitable location and influx of immigrants have made pastoral peri-urban Kajiado County a centre of two conflicting interests; urban sprawl and agricultural intensification.  To understand the resulting trends over the period 1984-2010 satellite image based analysis of land use cover changes and interviews with landowners were conducted. Interviews focused on the changes and trends in land use, their causes and...

Author(s): Mary Kerubo Morara, Laban MacOpiyo and Wambui Kogi-Makau

Environmental and rural livelihoods implications of small-scale gold mining in Talensi-Nabdam Districts in Northern Ghana

October 2014

Small-scale mining (SSM) continues to pose complex environmental, health and livelihood problems among rural folks in mining communities. One of the most subtle impacts of SSM activity on the environment is its implications on rural livelihoods. However, most studies regarding SSM activity and the environment sideline their implications on rural livelihoods of residents mining communities and how the affected...

Author(s): Jonathan Ontoyin and Isaac Agyemang

An assessment of the impact of the fast track land reform programme on the environment: The Case of Eastdale Farm in Gutu District, Masvingo

October 2014

Through the indigenisation programme, the government of Zimbabwe embarked on fast track land reform which to some extent had both positive and negative impacts. The aim of the programme was to empower the local Zimbabweans economically and to improve on food security. On the other hand, this initiative had negative implications to the environment. The research explored how the new farming communities endeavoured to...

Author(s): Nyashadzashe Zembe, Edmore Mbokochena, Fungai H. Mudzengerere and Elizabeth Chikwiri 

The paradox in environmental determinism and possibilism: A literature review

September 2014

This article provides in-depth review of the prevailing controversy among environmental determinists and possibilists, and searches the linkage among them. The issue of environmental determinism and possibilism is still being debated for more than a century among both geographers and non-geographers, which is a paradox. This work was  analyzed based on  content and document. The article tries to analyze the...

Author(s): Fekadu K.

Assessment status of amenities and service delivery in class-I town in India (Case study of Berhampore Town, Murshidabad)

September 2014

In recent era, rapid rate of urbanization and population explosion in developing countries like India have its direct and negative impact on existing urban infrastructure as well as public service delivery, which deteriorate the living standard of city dwellers. It is evinced that there is a wide gap between minimum entitlements of the service provisions delivered and the ever increasing demand of stakeholders. This...

Author(s): Somenath Halder

Leveling and its effect on the service provision of long distance bus transport in Africa: The case of Addis Ababa

August 2014

  The study presents the intent for making levels among buses and its effect on the service provision of Long Distance Buses (LDB) Transport that emanates from Addis Ababa. The methodology focused more on both primary and secondary sources. The primary informants were principally distinguished from the passengers, operators, and key government officials from the transport office include the head of bus terminal...

Author(s): Fekadu K.

An analysis of some soil properties along gully erosion sites under different land use areas of Gombe Metropolis, Gombe State, Nigeria

July 2014

The paper tries to analyse soil properties around three sampled gully erosion sites that cut across different land use in the study area. The aim of the study is to determine the soil physical and chemical properties of the major gully sites cutting across different land use in Gombe metropolis. Data used in this study were derived from soil samples collected from the gully sites and other secondary sources. Three...

Author(s): Aliyu Danladi and H. H. Ray

Socio-economic effect of gully erosion on land use in Gombe Metropolis, Gombe State, Nigeria

July 2014

Gully erosion is one of the severe environmental problems facing Gombe metropolis. It threatens urban infrastructure, properties, lives and the physical growth of the town. This article assesses the socio-economic effect of gully erosion in Gombe metropolis. The aim of the study was to assess the socio-economic effect of gully erosion on land use in Gombe metropolis. Data used in this study were derived from field...

Author(s): Aliyu Danladi and H. H. Ray

Village development groups: Model based on participation in achieving rural development

June 2014

Undoubtedly, cooperative society is a lever for economic development in rural areas. If this could be in line with government policies, it will be very effective to improve living conditions,  employment production and income improvement and social status of rural people. The objective of this study is to observe the carbon sequestration project activities in cooperation with international organizations including...

Author(s): Mahmoud Falsolaiman, Hojat Sadeghi and Mohammad Hajipur

Gated-communities and the privatization of public spaces in urban South Africa: Democratic social integration or exclusion?

June 2014

Emulation of the West’s privatization of urban spaces, and securitization and policing, through city settlement planning has uniformly reinvented spatial social segregation in most democratizing developing countries. Reverence of the gated-community model in democratic urban settlement planning has paradoxical sustained social segregation. Understandably, democratization of South Africa entailed the application of...

Author(s): Tlou Ramoroka and Johannes Tsheola

Governance of agriculture in the cities of developing countries: Local leaders’ perspectives

May 2014

This paper used the perceptions of local leaders at a ward level to assess the governance of urban agriculture (UA) in Kinondoni Municipality-Dar Es Salaam City in Tanzania. Unstructured interviews were conducted with 24 local leaders involved in the day to day governance of UA in the Municipality. During the interviews, the local leaders were requested to narrate their perceptions on the governance of UA in the...

Author(s): Hawa Suleiman Mkwela

A grid-based approach for refining population data in rural areas

May 2014

Accurate and up-to-date population data is a prerequisite for many different applications, including risk and vulnerability management. There is, however, a shortage of data with a high spatial resolution, particularly in developing countries. Population densities are determined either by population census, typically conducted every ten years, or from global grid-based (raster) population datasets with relatively low...

Author(s): Dulal Chandra Roy and Thomas Blaschke

Conflicts between the conservation of Elephant and Human activities: In the case of Babile Elephant Sanctuary (BES), Ethiopia

April 2014

Conflicts between the conservation of wildlife and human activities occur in all habitats and can impact severely upon socio-economic and biological parameters. Babile Elephant Sanctuary which is located in the semi-arid part of eastern Ethiopia is part of the Somali-Masai Centre of Endemism. It is established to protect the only surviving African Elephant population in the Horn of Africa. The sanctuary is shrinking in...

Author(s): R. Uttama Reddy and Sintayehu Workneh

Farmer’s adaptation to climate change in Ondo State, Nigeria: A gender analysis

April 2014

In combating the problem created by adverse climatic change, farmers in the areas had been introduced to climate change adaptation practices for the purposes of increasing yields for better livelihood and food security. The study used multi-stage sampling technique to collect information from 120 respondentsts. Data collected were subjected to descriptive, gross margin and multinomial logit analyses. Results of the...

Author(s): P.T. Owombo, G.F. Koledoye, S.I. Ogunjimi, A.A. Akinola, O.F. Deji and O. Bolarinwa

Gender responsiveness in infrastructure provision for African cities: The case of Kampala in Uganda

February 2014

Urban service delivery in cities of Africa is undergoing transformation in the quest to improve access and coverage while reducing the urban infrastructure deficit. This is mainly signaled by the gradual shift to integrated urban planning functions and decision-making spheres within the institutional set-up of city authorities. This paper builds on a triangulated study in Kampala city to argue that urban planning...

Author(s): Buyana Kareem and Shuaib Lwasa

Does international migration represent a mechanism for status enhancement or status loss? Evidence from international return migrants to Ghana

February 2014

The issue of return migration has been neglected in most migration studies in Africa. Meanwhile, there has been a growing recognition that migration, both internal and international can offer an important route out of poverty for many people from developing countries. To unravel some of these hypotheses, data from a survey involving 120 return migrants in the Berekum Municipality, Ghana, were used to examine the...

Author(s): Yendaw Elijah

Identification of backward regions of Kashmir Valley (India)- A Spatio -temporal approach

October 2013

The issue of regional development has been widely discussed in relation to a developed area and development at an aggregate level rather than focusing attention exclusively on the backward regions. Scholars have tried to define the term 'backward region' with reference to the typical problems encountered by such regions, their potential for development, efficacy of regional plans and factor endowments. Hence, it...

Author(s): Shahnaz Mohiuddin

Hierarchy of market centres along the Volta Lake in Ghana: A regional development framework

October 2013

This study developed a hierarchical structure of the 43 market centres along the Volta Lake in Ghana using their essential characteristics and functional attributes. The functional composite indices used for classifying the market centres were computed using weighting techniques which were applied to resident population, access roads, marketing periodicity, some services of centrality and selected surrogates of market...

Author(s): Benjamin D. Ofori and Alex B. Aseidu

The use of indigenous knowledge in weather and climate prediction in Mahenge and Ismani wards, Tanzania

September 2013

  This paper discusses the role of indigenous knowledge (IK) in weather and climate prediction in Mahenge and Ismani wards focusing on Safari Road and Mahenge Mjini villages in Mahenge; and Uhominyi and Ismani Tarafani villages in Ismani. The perception of local communities about climate change is assessed. Local environmental and astronomical indicators used by local communities in weather and climate...

Author(s):   Kijazi A. L., Chang’a L. B., Liwenga E. T. , Kanemba A. and Nindi S. J.,      

Water accessibility and women’s participation along the rural-urban gradient: A study in Lake Victoria Region, Kenya

September 2013

  Small towns and cities in Sub-Saharan Africa are emerging as hotspots of population growth. This paper considers the case of the small but rapidly growing town of Bondo in the Lake Victoria region of Kenya, and its surrounding peri-urban and rural settlements. The study objectives are to examine: a) alternative indicators of households’ accessibility to improved water sources along the urban-rural...

Author(s): Daniel M. Nzengya and Rimjhim Aggarwal          

Land tenure and soil conservation practices on the slopes of Mt Elgon National Park, Eastern Uganda

September 2013

  Property rights have been noted to increasingly play a central role in the management of land resources. This paper examines the implications of land tenure on soil conservation on the slopes of Mt Elgon, Eastern Uganda. Primary data were obtained through household surveys and field observations conducted in Tsekululu Sub County, Bubulo County, Manafwa District, Eastern Uganda between September and...

Author(s):   F. Mugagga and M. Buyinza        

Analysis of the socio-economic characteristics and housing condition in the core neighbourhood of Akure, Nigeria

August 2013

  The paper highlights survey on low – income settlements in the core area of Akure, the capital of Ondo State, Nigeria and examined the socio – economic characteristics of the respondent and the physical state of the building they occupy. It gathers field data with a structured questionnaire administered among residents of low income neighbourhoods of Akure using random sampling...

Author(s):   Bamidele M. Ogunleye      

Farmer’s perception on the effect of climate change and variation on urban agriculture in Ibadan Metropolis, South-western Nigeria

August 2013

  Agricultural activities mostly food crop production are climate dependent, as change in the ideal plant requirement may affect the overall yield and productive capacity of the crop. The study examined farmers’ perception on the effect of climate change and variations on urban agriculture in Ibadan Metropolis. Data were obtained through the administration of 145 copies of structured questionnaire to...

Author(s):   Odewumi, S.G. , Awoyemi, O. K. , Iwara, A.I.  and Ogundele, F.O.        

Assessment of ecotourism resources: An applied methodology to Nameri National Park of Assam-India

August 2013

  Assam, comprising Eastern Himalaya, is one of the mega bio-diversity hot spots of the world. It also forms part of two endemic bird areas, viz. Eastern Himalaya and Assam plains. Nameri National Park is a part of NBL (north bank landscape of the Brahmaputra River) and also is a part of Eastern Himalayan mega biodiversity hotspot, which has immense potentialities for ecotourism venture. The present research is...

Author(s):   Niranjan Das    

Household water demand in the peri-urban communities of Awka, Capital of Anambra State, Nigeria

August 2013

  The aim of this paper is to determine relevant factors contributing to the water demand in the peri-urban communities of Awka capital city. Towards achieving this aim, questionnaire were developed and served on the households in various communities to collect relevant data on the 13 physical and socio-economic factors we earlier identified as influencing water demand in the area.  Water quality was...

Author(s):   E. E. Ezenwaji, P.O. Phil-Eze, V. I. Otti and B. M. Eduputa      

Health care problem and management in Nigeria

August 2013

  The study examined rural health care problem and management in Nigeria with a focus on Delta State. The study adopts literature search and a survey design; questionnaires were administered to fifty two health establishments, 2 to each local government area. 26 general hospitals are located in urban areas and another 26  medical health centres located in the rural communities, but with the...

Author(s):   S. I. Efe      

A survey of Tehran metropolis strategies as a creative city of Iran

August 2013

Journal of Geography and Regional Planning Vol. 6(5), pp. 149-158, July, 2013 DOI: 10.5897/JGRP11.085 ISSN 2070-1845 ©2013 Academic Journals     Full Length Research Paper     A survey of Tehran metropolis strategies as a creative city of Iran   Ali Rezaeian Gharagozlo   Geography and Urban Planning Faculty, Science and...

Author(s): Ali Rezaeian Gharagozlo

A survey of Tehran metropolis strategies as a creative city of Iran

July 2013

  Tehran metropolis, as the political, economic and cultural capital of Iran country and which also has huge training potential and specific status in science and culture along with welfare facilities, has a suitable background for elite attraction. Actually, Tehran is a place for gathering creative people according to Florida’s definitions. The existence of these specifications and ability to enhance the...

Author(s):   Ali Rezaeian Gharagozlo    

GIS based forest cover change and vulnerability analysis: A case study of the Nandi North forest zone

July 2013

  This study investigates the patterns of land use change, the reasons for those changes and the vulnerability of forests in Nandi North forest zone in Kenya between the years 1986 to 1995 and 1995 to 2006. Landsat TM images of 1986, 1995 and ETM+ of 2006 were used to create single image depicting the sequence of land use change for the period between 1986 and 2006. The spatial relationship between forest cover...

Author(s):   Sheila Aswani Wachiye, David Ndegwa Kuria and Douglas Musiega        

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