African Journal of
Environmental Science and Technology

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Environ. Sci. Technol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0786
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJEST
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 1055

Article in Press

The Impact of Urban Expansion on Physical Environment in Debre Markos Town, Ethiopia

urbanization, urban expansion, environmental degradation, environment

  •  Received: 28 January 2019
  •  Accepted: 06 June 2019
This study aims to investigate the major consequence of urban expansion in urban areas particularly in Debre Markos town with review of relevant literatures. The finding of the paper was presented by using charts, table, graphs, and figures. This study shows that Debre Markos town is one of Ethiopian urban settings experiencing unique rate of urbanization through expansion. The findings of the study showed that the trend of urban expansion increase from time to time mostly forest and cultivated land have been changed into different urban development uses such as residential, industrial, and commercial and other various institutions. The central factors that contribute to rapid expansion of the town are discussed with detail interpretation of the data. The adverse effects of rapid urban expansion on the natural (physical) environment due to land use change and in the town and nearby areas discussed in detail. Hence, the objective of this study was to assess the consequence of horizontal urban expansion on physical environment but for the future study it is necessary to focus on social and economic impacts.