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Title: Integrating climate change vulnerability into land use planning in Nigeria
Author: Aderiye, A. A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7964 2240
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2019
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Despite abundant research evidence and various international agreements signed by Nigeria, it is surprising that climate change does not feature prominently in her developmental agenda or policies. Rather than become engrossed in the debate between mitigation and adaptation of climate change, this study explores the suitability of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as a channel for integrating vulnerability concerns into Land Use Planning (LUP). In the absence of a clear Nigerian strategy, the research investigates the potentials of the current planning context to address climate change by examining the prevailing practice and exploring the perceptions of climate change amongst planning regulators. A convergent mixed research method was employed, where quantitative and qualitative data were collected concurrently and independent of one another. The data obtained using paper-questionnaires and semi-structured interviews was given equal priority, analysed separately and then merged together at interpretation. The mixing allows a comparison which shows the extent to which the two data sets agree, diverge or combine to provide a clearer insight of the research objectives. Findings suggest that Nigeria's planning activities are influenced by political administrative interests, community-dependent attributes and built environment preferences. Furthermore, there is an awareness that climate change is happening in Nigeria and has dire consequences, but the perspective is that there are more pressing problems than climate change. Recognising the potential contributions of Strategic Environmental Assessment in overcoming the limitations of the current planning system, a non-EIA-based version was used to develop a framework streamlining vulnerability consideration into land-use planning practice.
Supervisor: Fischer, Thomas Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral