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Title:The environmental consequences of transport and resource development in the coastal area of Ondo State
Author:Ebisemiju, Fola S.ISNI
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:inland water transport
water pollution
Abstract:In order to open up the Imoluma area of the Western Niger Delta for the exploitation of its rich mineral resources, the government of Ondo State (Nigeria) and the company prospecting for crude oil in the area dredged canals into the narrow coastal plan dangerously close to its fast receding shoreline. The canals became zones of concentrated marine erosion, and the sea encroached into the inland fresh water creeks, and waterways. This resulted in large-scale water pollution, the desiccation of economic trees in the rainforest, destruction of property, and a marked decline in traditional economic activities (fishing and lumbering). The estimated cost and the measures needed to restore the environment in the area are outlined, and the implications of the appropriation of scarce financial resources for the amelioration of the damage to the ecology are also discussed. This case study demonstrates the need to give appropriate consideration at the planning stage to the environmental impact of any development project to ensure that environmental considerations become important inputs into the planning process. Bibliogr., sum.