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Title: Planning responses to land use challenges in mining communities – the case of Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality
Authors: Baah-Ennumh, Theresa Y.
Adom-Asamoah, Gifty
Keywords: environment
planning standards
Land use planning
land management
mining
planning scheme
Issue Date: 12-Apr-2017
Publisher: ICIDA
Citation: ICIDA 2017 - 6th International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa - 12-14 April 2017
Abstract: Mining activities are known to result in both positive and negative outcomes. High population and intense mining activities pose numerous challenges to land use and management. The study therefore aimed at examining the policy and planning responses to the land use challenges in mining communities in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality of Ghana. The Tarkwa township and its periphery communities such as; Nsuta, Tamso, New Atuabo and Abonteakoon (Akoon) were selected for the study. The paper reveals that mining in the Municipality has resulted in increased population without corresponding infrastructure and related service provisions. Due to the intense nature of mining activities and population, there have been intense competition over available lands which have resulted in congestions, changing land uses which are outside formal planning schemes, encroachments, and some developers, building in water ways and wetlands. Attempts to achieve efficient land use management have been ineffective, slow and in some cases, non-existent. The study recommends among others; an effective collaboration between the traditional leaders and city authorities to clearly define the mandate of each stakeholder within the urban land market; the need for more innovative government interventions in the physical development process; and building institutional capacity and contextualizing planning ideals as key for managing rapidly growing mining towns in emerging economies.
Description: In the proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, 12th April, 2017, KNUST, Ghana
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10891
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