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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 05)
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A Cursory Review of the Consequences of Human Activities and Land-Use Changes in the Niger Delta

M.K. Hamadina and D.I. Anyanwu
Corresponding Author:  M.K. Hamadina 

Key words:  Deforestation, ecosystem management, land degradation, soil health, sustainable development, ,
Vol. 4 , (05): 597-604
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March 31, 2012 April 17, 2012 May 15, 2012
Abstract:

This study discusses the manifestation and consequences of human activities on the Niger Delta ecosystem. The Niger Delta is resource-rich and abundantly blessed with expanse of agricultural/aquatic resources and vast reserves of petroleum hydrocarbon. The delta has played prominent roles in the global economic activities, ranging from slave trade, palm oil business and now hydrocarbon export, spanning more than a century ago. The brunt of human activities resulting from the exploitation of Niger Delta resources, affects the ecosystem. The study was carried out using a mixed scale approach involving literature search, landuse/ land cover change detection using LandsatŪ satellite imageries and sampling and analysis of soils from four representative locations. The magnitude and severity of such effects are contingent not only on natural variables, but also the exploitative activities of man. This study has analysed the interplay of several variables resulting from anthropogenic activities. Information contained in this study is valuable towards understanding and sustainable management of the fragile Niger Delta ecosystem.
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M.K. Hamadina and D.I. Anyanwu, 2012. A Cursory Review of the Consequences of Human Activities and Land-Use Changes in the Niger Delta.  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 4(05): 597-604.
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