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: 394

JGRP Articles

Spatial distribution of Chinese churches in the early 21st century

May 2024

The development of Christianity in China has garnered significant interest from scholars across various disciplines, including religion, sociology, economics, and political science. This paper examines the spatial distribution of Chinese churches in the early 21st century using 10,579 samples collected from WebGIS. Two methods for analyzing spatial patterns, kernel density estimation, and spatial autocorrelation, are...

Author(s): Kun Zhang and Songlin Zhang

Sentinel-2 visible and near-infrared reflectance signature data for mapping potential geolocations of curb cuts in Hillsborough County, Florida

May 2024

A curb cut is a ramp that connects the sidewalk to a street crossing, thereby making it accessible for physically disabled pedestrians. Initially, ArcGIS Pro and machine learning algorithms in Python was utilized to classify a dataset of curb cut spectral signatures, leveraging Sentinel-2 imagery with a 10-m resolution. Initially, multispectral visible and near-infrared (NIR) Sentinel-2 sensors, along with machine...

Author(s): Heather McDonald, Namit Choudhari, Kayleigh Murray, Leomar White, Brooke Yost, Joseph Bohn and Benjamin Jacob

Land use-land cover changes and river basin degradation: A case study of the Densu River in Ghana

March 2024

Land use-land cover (LULC) changes over time trigger local climatic and geological changes. Recent earth tremors around the Densu River Basin (DRB) in Weija near Accra Ghana, provided the motivation for this study. Using Landsat 8 and Landsat 9 OLI/TIRS imageries, this paper maps the various LULC change trends in the basin over 20 years (2003-2023) and discusses the impact on the Densu River basin. Land cover changes...

Author(s): Lord Ebow Sampson, Seth Appiah-Opoku and Kwaku Karikari Manu

Situation analysis and initiatives for protection of rivers for sustainable development, Ondo State, Nigeria

March 2023

Rivers are considered to be most important freshwater source to humanity. It is also a fundamental resource not only for human life but also for fauna and flora and crucial to the equilibrium of the environment and biodiversity. However, the unmindful exploitation of the great natural endowment and its wetlands have metamorphosed into serious menace. It is in the light of this that the paper looked into situation...

Author(s): Omosulu S. B., Akinrinmade O. and Sogbon O.

Sustainable eco-tourism in Ghana: An assessment of environmental and economic impacts in selected sites in the Upper East Region

September 2022

This paper assesses sustainable eco-tourism in Ghana with an emphasis on environmental and economic impacts. The study resorted to mixed methods research approach in data collection, analysis and presentation. The study sampled 208 respondents for the questionnaire administration. Besides questionnaire administration, the study employed Key Informant Interviews for the collection of qualitative data. The study reveals...

Author(s): Yahaya Abdul-Kadri, Akonga Samuel and Alhassan Abdullah

Relationship between rainfall variability and sorghum yield in Potiskum Local Government Area of Yobe State, Nigeria

February 2022

Researchers have shown that rainfall variability has significantly impacted on crop production with manifestations in frequent poor yield in Sub–Saharan African. This study examined the relationship between rainfall variability and sorghum yield in Potiskum Local Government Area of Yobe State, Nigeria. Rainfall data for 62 years (1956 – 2018) and yield data for sorghum were both analyzed. The standardized...

Author(s): Udeh Lawrence Ejeh and Elisha Ikpe

Public perception of the risk of climate change issues in Zaria city and its environs in Kaduna State, Nigeria

February 2022

Many researchers, climatologist, engineers and environmentalists are expressing deep concerns about changes in the overall climate system of the earth. Does the public perceive climate change to have occurred already? What are their sources of information? This study analyzed the public perception of climate change issues in Zaria city and its environs, Kaduna State, Nigeria. The objective of this paper was to analyze...

Author(s): Udeh Lawrence Ejeh and Ikpe Elisha

Inter-regional differential in access to, and satisfaction from basic infrastructure between oil-producing and non-oil producing areas of Ondo State, Nigeria

December 2021

This study aims at measuring and appraise the differential access of people in the oil bearing and non-oil bearing sub-regions of Ondo State, Nigeria; to living facilities. Housing, transportation, healthcare, power and potable water are the basic infrastructural facilities selected for the study. Four local government areas (LGAs) constitute the sample frame, while the sample size was taken from fifteen communities in...

Author(s): M. A. Asani, N. B. Tanimowo and T. M. Yisau

Exploring challenges of engaging in socio-economic activities due to traffic congestion in Sekondi-Takoradi

October 2021

Undoubtedly traffic congestion continues to be a challenge that negatively impacts socio-economic activities in most cities in the world. It does not only hinder the smooth movement of people but also freight and services. Admittedly, there have been a number of studies that have examined the causes and effects of traffic congestion in Ghanaian cities; nonetheless, these studies have largely concentrated on the larger...

Author(s): Emmanuel Panin Acheampong, Louis Kusi Frimpong and & Jacob Doku Tetteh

Quantitative and qualitative assessment of urban green spaces in Boussaada City, Algeria using remote sensing techniques

August 2021

A central issue for the Algerian city, in the dry environment, is awareness of the establishment and preservation of particular green spaces within the framework of sustainability. The overall goal of this study is to concentrate on the issues of green space provision in the city of Boussaada. Boussaada is a complex and fragile city with a rich history, archeological and natural diversity, and is under tremendous...

Author(s): Ouzir Malika, Khalfallah Boudjemaa, Dehimi Salim and Kadi Ahmed Abla

Public green spaces and management constraints in the Municipality of Seme-Podji South East of Benin

August 2021

An increasingly present component in urban architecture, public green spaces is an essential infrastructure that has various functions. The management of these spaces poses enormous difficulties after their establishment. The study has analyzed the uses and management of these spaces in the Municipality of Sèmè-Podji. It was carried out on the basis of a sample of 84 people made up of users and managers of...

Author(s): Fangnon Bernard

Why populations are not planets_ gravity and the limits of disease modeling by analogy

August 2021

Wellness depends on health and that, in turn, depends on the absence of disease. Analogous models based on physical laws have long been utilized by researchers to understand epidemic expansion in urban communities.  Perhaps the most significant of this class is the gravity model in which population size is equated with planetary mass and distance between cities to that separating planets. While the model assumes...

Author(s): Tom Koch and Ken Denike

Transit oriented development in medium cities in Africa: Experiences from Kisumu, Kenya

June 2021

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a planned area with land use that has optimal reach of public transport by urban populace it serves. Availability and accessibility of public transport minimizes reliance of use by private users and this is the cardinal rule of TOD Principles have been developed that provide a framework for understanding TOD. Kisumu is used as a case study in exploring these principles and their...

Author(s): George M. Onyango and Fredrick O. Owino

Determinants of rural outmigration of children and youth in a rapidly urbanizing nation: The case of Ethiopia

April 2021

Young people have continued to flock out of densely populated rural areas of Ethiopia. The overriding objective of this study was to assess the causes for the departure of children and youth out of rural areas and the protagonists involved in the migration decision. Primary data were gathered through a survey that covered 300 migrant-sending households; and from in-depth interviews. The findings revealed that the major...

Author(s): Kassa Dad

Analysis of the effects of climate variability on maize yields in Tano North District, Ahafo Region, Ghana

April 2021

This study focuses on the effects of climate variability on maize yields in Tano North District for a 20-year period spanning 1995 to 2015. The Department for International Development model, the “Livelihood Sustainable Framework” was used to drive the tenets of the study which was informed by the Action Theory of Adaptation. Three farming communities namely; Duayaw Nkwanta, Yamfo and Tanoso were purposively...

Author(s): Ebenezer Oppong Amankwa and Daniel Buor

Urban farmers land injustice: Assessing the impact of land development projects on agriculture in Dar es Salaam City

April 2021

Land injustices are a global phenomenon but more vivid in developing countries, especially in Africa, where colonial hangover and the neo-liberal economic policies have been known to contribute into the plight of the urban poor including urban farmers. This paper examines the land injustices of urban farmers by taking Mbweni-Mpiji, a sub-urban area in the city of Dar es Salaam as a case study. The study used a...

Author(s): Mkwela Hawa

Soil carbon dynamics in a humid tropical zone in SE Nigeria: Environmental influences and conservation prioritization

January 2021

Tropical landscapes are generally known to store much carbon in its varied ecosystems, but information required to prioritize and conserve areas with much soil carbon concentration is scanty. This study provides insight on the patterns of carbon storage and its dynamics in an extensive humid zone in SE Nigeria. Soil carbon data was downloaded from soil grids of 250 m carbon stocks for the first 30 cm of the soil profile...

Author(s): Nwabueze I. Igu, Chinero N. Ayogu and Ngozi V. Okolo

The impact of Rural Enterprise Development Hub (RED Hub) project on beneficiaries maize yield in Mqanduli, South Africa

January 2021

The study analysed the impact of Rural Enterprise Development Hub (RED Hub) Project on maize yield of beneficiaries. Out of a total of 398 beneficiaries, 200 maize farmers were sampled using the Cochran sample size formula followed by convenience sampling at the second stage. With the use of a 'before' and 'after' approach, a survey was conducted using structured questionnaires which were administered on...

Author(s): Enoch Terlumun Iortyom, Sonwabo Perez Mazinyo and Werner Nel

Modelling inter-urban trip flow pattern of selected cities in Niger State, Nigeria

January 2021

Inter-urban travel forms one of the main spatial and economic features of any nation’s economic landscape. Understanding and forecasting inter-urban movement is a crucial input for urban and regional transportation planning. This study therefore was carried out to develop trip generation model of selected cities in Niger State. Questionnaire survey was carried in three main urban centres in the state namely;...

Author(s): OJEKUNLE Joel Ademola, OWOEYE Emmanuel and OWOEYE Adelanke Samuel

Home Building and demands of the population in Ramshar New Town

January 2021

This paper studies the housing and town building policies. It analyzes reasons that new towns failed to achieve their strategic goals. This paper addresses the question of why the new towns are not functional. The research methods are classic linear programming, a benchmarking technique, and a case study strategy. The benchmarking procedure compares the existing urban development pattern to optimal building models. This...

Author(s): Abdol Aziz Shahraki

Informal land use and environmental pollution in Ogbomoso

January 2021

Against the background of the contribution of the informal sector and/or land use to the urbanization process of the developing economies, especially in Africa, this paper examines the spatial distribution and environmental pollution implications of automobile workshops, as an important informal land use in Ogbomoso, Nigeria. Inventory of the locations of the workshops was done, and air, water and soil samples were...

Author(s): Jelili M. O., Ayankanmi J. A. and Odunola O. O.  

Contemporary land suitability analysis for urban expansion in Welkite town, Gurage zone, Ethiopia

October 2020

Urban expansion through identifying most suitable sites for urban sprawl plays vital role in alleviating various socio-economic problems. The objective of this study is to identify potentially suitable sites of Welkite town, Ethiopia. Geographical Information System (GIS) was integrated with remote sensing data to conduct multi criteria overlay analysis by determining principal parameters. DEM data was used to produce...

Author(s): Habtamu Kerebeh

Public open spaces in Crisis: Appraisal and observation from metropolitan Kathmandu, Nepal

October 2020

There is an emerging debate in the literature of urbanism that public open space is in crisis in the cities of developing countries due to the increasing trends of urbanization and in-migration. With the significant growth of the urban population and rapid expansion of the city, the land demand for housing and other infrastructure development is very high. The high rate of urbanization due to which encroachment, high...

Author(s): Krishna Prasad Timalsina

Perception of local community toward protected woodlands at Dugda Woreda, East Shewa Zone, Oromia, Ethiopia

August 2020

Woodlands of Ethiopia are estimated to be around 70%. Unfortunately, this woodland is seriously under threats, mostly linked to human interference, livestock and climate change. To overcome these problems, protected woodlands were implemented in different parts of the country including Dugda Woreda Giraba KorkeAdii Kebele. However, the perception of local community towards protected woodlands was not studied. As a...

Author(s): Tsegu Ereso Denbel  

Challenges and opportunities in environmental impact assessment and environmental audit practice in Kenya

August 2020

Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Audit are tools of trade which are available for use by environmental managers around the world. They are applied as early as possible in decision-making throughout the life cycle of proposed development projects and actions that may have potentially significant impacts on biophysical and socio-cultural environments. These instruments provide for individual stakeholder...

Author(s): Ngetich J. K. and Ndiema A. C.  

Relationships between outdoor and indoor temperature characteristics in Yenagoa, Nigeria

May 2020

This study examined the relationships between outdoor and indoor temperature characteristics in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. It adopted the quasi experimental research design; as such data on meteorological parameters, such as, outdoor and indoor temperature were collected using thermometer and hygrometer, by the researcher in the study area and at designated locations in the metropolis, baring land-use in mind. The...

Author(s): Wodu D. P., Nwagbara, M. O. and Weli, V. E.

The conservation corridors of the Benue National Park: Disconnected connection devices?

May 2020

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the viability of wildlife corridors between the Benue National Park and the Faro National Park through the hunting areas, by identifying the main threats to their integrity, mapping of land use, characterization of their flora and the wildlife inventory that frequents these corridors in order to propose measures for their sustainable management. Field observations, land use...

Author(s): Aoudou Doua Sylvain, Narke Jean Cyrille, Mbamba Mbamba Jean Paul Kévin, Tchobsala and Zoua Amadou  

Rural-urban migration and household livelihood in the Agona West Municipality, Ghana

March 2020

Rural-urban migration, a multidimensional phenomenon, is becoming part of the daily reality in Ghana and many other developing countries. For instance, the impact of migration on households whose member(s) migrated is relatively not very clear. A study was therefore undertaken to examine and explain the impact of rural-urban migration on rural migrant’s households’ livelihood in three communities in Agona...

Author(s): Tanle A., Ogunleye-Adetona C. I. and Arthor G.

Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in residential solid waste management in Ibadan: Challenges and opportunities

March 2020

Waste management authorities have adopted different strategies at different times in managing waste in Nigeria. In spite of the various efforts put in place, municipal solid waste remains one of the most conspicuous and repugnant environmental problems that threaten the Nigerian city. This paper examines the challenges and opportunities of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in residential solid waste management in...

Author(s): Moruf Adekunle Alabi, Oluwasinaayomi Faith Kasim and Mubarak Olatunji Lasisi  

Climate change and smart city development: The challenge of non- implementation of Abuja-Nigeria light rail project

March 2020

In the present century, there has been increasing global pressure on governments to implement policies to incentivize reductions in CO2 emissions based on the devastating effects of global climate change. Researchers generally have established the fact that the automobile sector generates more than 50% of the atmospheric carbon concentration. It has also become obvious that FCC-Abuja Nigeria is merely a replica of Lagos...

Author(s): Jaiye Dukiya  

Trends in land use/land cover changes in the Densu River basin and its impact on the Weija reservoirs and the Densu Delta (Sakumo I lagoon) in Ghana

December 2019

The Densu River basin is one of the most import water resources in Ghana. It is a source of drinking water to more than half of the five (5) million populations of Accra and seven other communities within the basin. Rapid population growth and increasing development pressure within the basin is changing the basin land cover into settlement. This study examined the trend in land use and land cover changes that occurred...

Author(s): Frank O. Adjei, Kwaku A. Adjei, Emmanuel Obuobie and Samuel N. Odai

Planning: The town planners’ perspective

December 2019

The concept of planning has been a subject of territorial debates amidst various disciplines and at all conclusions; everyone is a planner in his/her own right. It is against this background of oversimplification that this study attempts to explore the various meaning and scope of planning both from the general percept and town planners’ viewpoint. It relates the discus to Nigeria environment where the requisites,...

Author(s): Olanrewaju Samson Olaitan  

Urban land use planning and its effects on the provision of public sanitation facilities in the Wa Municipality, Ghana

December 2019

This study has investigated the implications of land use planning on the provision and management of public sanitation facilities in the Wa Municipality, using three zones (Zone 1-Jangbeyiri and Suriyiri; Zone 2-Kpaguri; Zone 3-Mangu) of different land use and socioeconomic characteristics. A mixed method approach was utilized. Field surveys including 374 respondents, key informant interviews, and spatial planning...

Author(s): Prosper B. Laari, Sumaila A. Bayorbor and Gideon Sagoe

Drivers to energy efficiency development in lighting and air-conditioning systems in manufacturing industries in Ghana for 2018

July 2019

The increase in electricity demand, coupled with drastic deficit in energy generation and depleting conventional energy resources continues to create complex challenges for the energy market in Ghana. But Energy Efficiency (EE) in lighting and air-conditioning has been considered as a green area for reducing energy consumption. The manufacturing sector has been considered as a key area for the implementation of energy...

Author(s): Jones Lewis Arthur and Josephine Fianu  

Population move on Rajasthan: Regional analysis

July 2019

The physiography of Rajasthan is not suitable for agricultural activity. Most parts of Rajasthan are sandy regions and Aravalli Mountain, which is a barrier for agriculture. Eastern part of Rajasthan is covered with plain soil but this region is also not suitable for agriculture. This is the reason why Rajasthan experienced a large proportion of out-migration from its different physiographic regions. The present...

Author(s): Manoj Debnath and Sheuli Ray

Provision of down market urban housing in Kenya through strategic application of public private partnerships

June 2019

Article 43 1 (b) of the constitution of Kenya (2010), alongside other international treaties which the country is party to, obligates the state to provide housing for all Kenyans. These instruments place a greater emphasis on the slums and informal settlements upgrading and development, key among which is down market urban housing. Down market urban housing is principally housing for the low income urban households, or...

Author(s): Daniel Mutegi Giti, Owiti Abiero K’Akumu and Edwin Oyaro Ondieki  

The paradox of post-colonial urban growth in the city of Zaria, Nigeria

January 2019

Post-colonial urban growth and expansion is spiralling in Nigerian cities, marked by a curious lack of planning in the newly developed areas despite an initial impetus during the colonial administration for some measure of formal regulation. This paper attempts to examine the character of the phenomenon and its contrasts with the foundation laid for modern formal town planning during the colonial era in Nigeria. It...

Author(s): Sani Ma’aruf  

Analyzing spatial and non-spatial factors that influence educational quality of primary schools in emerging regions of Ethiopia: Evidence from geospatial analysis and administrative time series data

January 2019

Education is the most powerful instrument to transform socioeconomic status of given society. However, education will be only more effective when its quality is sustained.  Education without quality is a gun without bullet. In developing countries there are number of factors that affect education quality. However, little is known about those factors. Therefore, this study seeks to identify spatial and non-spatial...

Author(s): Abraha Tesfay Abraha  

Environmental sanitation practices in Kuchigworo and Garamajiji along airport road, Abuja

December 2018

Good environmental sanitation is a precondition for good health and success in the fight against poverty, hunger and death. It is also central to the human rights and personal dignity of every human being. The study adopted direct field observation, it involved interview and physical assessment. Results were presented in tables and charts, while data analyses were carried using simple percentages and frequencies. The...

Author(s): Sadiq Q. O., Ezeamaka C. K., Daful M. G., Anjide T. W., Sani H. and Ogbole M.  

Urban road and on-street parking in Niger Delta Region of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

December 2018

This study is a survey of urban roads and on-street parking in Niger Delta Region- Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. The study generated data with the aid of physical measurements, traffic and volumetric counts. Descriptive and inferential statistical tools were utilized for the data analysis. The results showed that road widths were narrow and could not accommodate on-street parking. Tested hypotheses confirmed that the width of...

Author(s): Kenibolayefa Michael Owota and Innocent Miebaka Aprioku  

An assessment of youths’ perception and participation on environmental management undertakings: Empirical evidence from Youth Development and Change Package implementation in Southern Ethiopia (SNNPRS)

December 2018

The participation of youths is important in the management of environmental problems. Environmental problems such as deforestation, overgrazing, soil erosion, and improper waste disposal are common in most parts of Ethiopia. Inappropriate environmental policies, population growth, climate change, and low level of awareness and less participation of the public are the major factors responsible for the problems. These...

Author(s): Tafesse Matewos Karo  

Spatial linkages of local market in Nepal: A case study of Panchkhal Kavrepalanchowk, Nepal

November 2018

Market centers are the points of interactions for socio-economic functions and services. The relative importance of the market centers are largely dependent on the functional range and magnitude which includes both commercial and non-commercial functions offered by market centers. This study tries to analyze the spatial linkages of Panchkhal market, through the collection of primary data and information in December,...

Author(s): Kedar Dahal  

Improving the quality of Alaska Native Village climate change planning

November 2018

Alaska Native Villages (ANVs) are trying to adapt to some of the most extreme climate change in the nation; but the planning systems in place for these communities are not necessarily leading to adaptive actions. Based on reviews of existing plans as well as interviews and conversations with 153 people that live in ANVs or influence ANVs plans and policies, this article describes how climate change adaptation and hazard...

Author(s): Elizaveta Barrett Ristroph  

Intra- household food allocation among adolescents in coffee farming households in Jimma Zone, South west Ethiopia

September 2018

There are wide ranges of factors that determine individual food insecurity within households. In cash crop area products are for market rather than for agricultural households that can cause food accessibility to a severe challenge. There is, however, a dearth of information about the food security status of adolescent living inside coffee farming households. The aim of this study is to investigate the prevalence of...

Author(s): Getu Gizaw Haile and Kalkidan Hassen Abate  

Land use change and sediment yield studies in Ghana: Review

September 2018

Understanding the factors and processes controlling catchment sediment yield is crucial and fundamental to water resources management and development. This review provides an inventory on land use and sediment yield studies in Ghana and explores their existing link. The review through desktop studies analyzed the discussions and related studies on the impact of land use/cover change on sediment yield. Available...

Author(s): Ebenezer Boakye, Geophery K. Anornu, Jonathan A. Quaye-Ballard and Emmanuel A. Donkor  

Effect of youth engagement in vegetable farming on household well-being in Kakamega Town, Kenya

August 2018

This paper focuses on the effect of youth engagement in vegetable production on household well-being in Kakamega Town, Kenya. Survey research design was used and data was collected from 159 urban youth farmers using structured questionnaires and interviews. It was observed that the vegetable farmers engaged more frequently in weed control, land preparation, harvesting and planting. There was significant association...

Author(s): Edwin A. B. Juma, Paul Omondi and Raphael W. Kareri

The role of human resource development on the implementation of differential advantage approach in OVOP Projects, Kenya

July 2018

The study seeks to fill an information gap of critical role of human resource development in the implementation of differential advantage approach in Kenya One Village One Product (OVOP) projects. It seems that Kenya OVOP was a government-driven project with emphasis on product development, a deviation from its origin model which was people driven movement and put an emphasis on human resources development. It therefore...

Author(s): Nyamu G. K., Wagah G. G. and Obala L. M.

The role of productive processes on the implementation of differential advantage approach in Kenya “OVOP” projects

June 2018

The study sought to fill an information gap of streamlining productive processes in the implementation of differential advantage approach in Kenya OVOP projects. Since the adoption of One Village One Product (OVOP) movement has been faced with implementation challenges, inadequate resources, and capacities inhibiting its momentum in Kenya. Similarly, lack of political commitment, leadership and mutual cooperation among...

Author(s): Nyamu G. K., Wagah G. G. and Obala L. M.

Malaria prone area analysis and mapping using geospatial tools: The case of Amibara and Gewane Woreda, afar region, Ethiopia

June 2018

Malaria is one of the most killer diseases in our planet earth. It is the primary cause of patient talks, admissions and demise every year in Ethiopia. It is important to reduce the transmission and effects of the problem identifying and mapping the malaria risk area using geospatial technologies. The general objective of the study is to analyze and map malaria prone areas using geospatial tools in Amibara and Gewanie...

Author(s): Mohammed Motuma Assen  

Urbanization and the environment: The debate and evidence from two new cities in Nigeria

May 2018

The rate of urbanization has been increasing rapidly since the second half of the 20th century. The impact urbanization has on the environment has attracted considerable attention. The viewpoints on the impact and the experience in Nigeria, particularly in the two new cities of Abuja and Yenagoa, are analyzed. The data collection involves an extensive review of literature, consultation of government documents and...

Author(s): Chris O. Ikporukpo

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