A Framework for Sustainable Land Management in Peri-urban Areas of South-West Nigeria

By Basirat Ashabi Oyalowo and Wale Alade.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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Left to market forces, Peri-urban areas are documented to serve as hosts to slum settlements, are prone to land grabbing activities, illegal industrial and domestic waste disposal, loss of agricultural land and so on. Peri-urban areas have therefore become catchments for huge negative externalities from the adjourning urban area. These negative externalities can be stemmed by adopting sustainable land management practices. A sustainable land management approach achieves integration between liberalized land markets and land use control mechanisms to ensure efficiency and equity in both inter- and intra- generational access to land holdings for the purpose of development. The paper has examined tenure security and land transactions in Peri-urban areas of SW Nigeria; and has attempted to develop a sustainable land management framework that is based on the way people define land resources in the area. This is to ensure that the right balance between government and private sector partnership is found so that peri-urban development is carried out in a sustainable fashion that allows integration with adjourning rural and urban areas while safeguarding inter-generational need for land resources.

Keywords: Peri-urban, Land Management, Sustainable Development, Sustainability

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.15-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 637.261KB).

Basirat Ashabi Oyalowo

Doctoral Student, Department of Estate Management, University of Lagos, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria

Basirat Oyalowo has a B.Sc in Estate Management (Nigeria) and M.A in Housing Policy and Management (UK). Her research interest lies in sustainable urban development. She is particularly interested in exploring the linkages between developing and developed countries in the achievement of global sustainability.

Wale Alade

Dr Wale Alade is a lecturer at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Lagos and co-founder, Vistaplan Consulting (a planning firm based in Lagos, Nigeria).