Urban Sprawl and Loss of Agricultural Land in Peri-urban Areas of Lagos
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Urban growth in developing countries is dynamic and diverse; however, it is also disordered and disturbing. This growth is synonymous with sprawling fractals compared to the compact aggregations observed in the global North. The cost of sporadic growth in rapidly growing metropolitan areas is enormous, evidenced by consistent diminution of high-quality agricultural land and forests in the peripheral areas of cities and in rural areas by residential and manufacturing incursions (Jiang– Deng Seto 2013, Martellozo et al. 2014). This process is referred to as ‘peri- urbanization’, and it mostly occurs in non-contiguous transitional zones between rural areas and cities (Iaquinta–Drescher 2000). Significant research has focused on the peri-urban interface, land use changes, and agricultural economics (Bell–Irwin 2002, Theobald 2005, Buxton–Low 2007, Lawanson–Yadua–Salako 2012).
This work is part of postgraduate research work carried out at the University of Lagos and presented at the International Seminar for Urban Form (ISUF) Rome, September 22nd-26th 2015, Faculty of Architecture, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy.
Sprawl , Peri-urban , Remote sensing , Fractals , Policy , Research Subject Categories::FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING
Dekolo, S., Oduwaye, L. and Nwokoro, I.I.C. (2014). Urban Sprawl and Loss of Agricultural Land in Peri-urban Areas of Lagos. This work is part of postgraduate research work carried out at the University of Lagos and presented at the International Seminar for Urban Form (ISUF) Rome, Regional Statistics,5(2),20-33.