Classifying Wetland Potentials for Sustainable Socio-economic Activities in Lagos

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Ayeni, A.O.
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Department of Geography and Environment Management, UNILORIN
Wetlands are amongst the Earth's most productive ecosystems because of the extensive food webs and rich biodiversity they support Experiences are showing that inappropriate wetlands development can undermine sustainability and may have profound social and economic repercussions for people that are dependent on the range of ecosystem services provided by wetlands. Due to increasing population, and in conjunction with efforts to increase food and social security, there is escalating pressure to expand not only agriculture such as fish farming and market gardening within wetlands but other life sustaining activities such as recreation, abattoir, car wash business. It is on this recognition that this paper describes the development of a semi-analytical framework for identifying, analyzing, and classifying the complex wetland ecosystems potentials in ever increasing population and massive unemployment environment. The classification emerges from the aggregation of guided observations and literature review on the biophysical, socio-economic and aesthetics of the Lagos State land use / land cover resources. About 25 wetland areas of potential socio-economic uses were observed and explicitly classified into four (4) axes for of life sustaining activities that can be used to check unemployment in the State.
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Wetlands , socio-economic , Potentials , population , Lagos State , Nigeria , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Ayeni, A. O. (2014). Classifying Wetland Potentials for Sustainable Socio-economic Activities in Lagos State. Geo-Study Forum, 7 (1 & 2): 13 - 24