Land reclamation and the impact on the vegetal cover of Bayelsa State, Nigeria

Michael U. Didia (Department of Geography and Environmental Management Rivers State University)
P. N. Ede (Department of Geography and Environmental Management Rivers State University)

Abstract


The study examined the impact of land Reclamation activities on vegetal cover in Bayelsa State. Land Reclamation is the procedure involved in the acquirement of land from the sea or coastal wetland or the re-establishment of vulnerable lands to a better state. For the purpose of this study, both quantitative and qualitative research method were adopted.  Field observations, questionnaire survey and landsat imagery of land cover changes of the year 1986 and 2018 were generated from the study area. The time series study design and the supervised classification in image analysis was adopted to determine the impact of land reclamation activities of the environment. The research revealed the extent of reclaimed land in the study area and its impact on vegetal cover. It was therefore recommended that recovery of land will make strategic urban planning initiatives sustainable in overcrowded areas and institutions should also put in place laws and strategies to regulate reclamation activities across the region and also geo-spatial skills should be put in place to help quantify the dynamics, trends and rate of reclamation induced land cover change in the environment. Educational institute should   inculcate environmental knowledge in the local environment.


Keywords


Land Reclamation, Vegetal Cover, Bayelsa State, Vegetal Cover Changes.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30564/jgr.v4i2.3041

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