Research Papers/Topics in Geography

Modes of Land Control in Transfrontier Conservation Areas

ABSTRACT In light of the current literature on green grabbing, this study is motivated by the need to understand whether TFCAs are characterized by green grabbing and what form they take if indeed they are unfolding there. It investigated the modes of land control and transfer - within the Lesotho component of the Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area and South Africa’s Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area – in order to explore the politics of land i...

Urban Growth And Disaster Risk Accumulation Nexus: The Case Of Wa Municipal Area

ABSTRACTRecent demographic dynamics have revealed a dramatic shift in the world’s population, manifesting for the first time ever, more than half of all the world’s population living in urban areas, with 2008 being the transition year. Ghana is not an exception, as its urban centres continue to experience unprecedented growth. Although cities are focal points for development, they equally potentiate the accumulation of risks if not managed properly. The objective of the study therefore is...

Analysis Of The Impact Of Demographic And Economic Factors On Internet Services Satisfaction Levels In Windhoek, Namibia

ABSTRACT The study focused on analysing geospatial internet customer satisfaction levels, using the Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. The aim of the study was to investigate how demographic and economic factors influence satisfaction levels. The study followed a quantitative design and employed the systematic sampling method to select a sample of 248 potential internet users. A structured self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data from selected samples. The s...

Utilisation Of Health Care Services In The Obuasi Municipality

ABSTRACTGlobally, attention and investments towards demand-side strategies to enhance health care utilisation have improved over the years. Despite this significant investment in health care, its utilisation is far from adequate. Against this backdrop, this study examined the utilisation of health services in the Obuasi Municipality. Drawing on Kroeger’s (1983) health behavioural model, it specifically examined the incidence of major diseases and people’s perception about disease causatio...

Spatial Patterns Of Mycobacterium Ulcerans Infection (Buruli Ulcer) In The Akwapim South District

Abstract This study is about the spatial patterns of the Mycobacterium ulcerans infections (Buruli ulcer) in the Akwapim South district. The Triangle of Human Ecology model was used to account for the observed spatial patterns of the disease. The spatial distribution of the disease was mapped through the residential addresses of the patients as shown in the district medical records. The endemic communities were stratified into three segments namely the high, low and nonendemic areas or ...

Effects Of Pollution On Coastal Environment And Socio-Economic Life Of The People Of Elmina

ABSTRACT Coastal pollution is not only a serious threat to the coastal ecosystem but also to the life of those living there and depending on the coastal environment for their livelihood activities. The research examined the causes and effects of coastal pollution on socio-economic life of the people of Elmina as well as measures to mitigate the problem. A model of conceptual frame work showing circular inter-relationship among causes, environmental and socioeconomic effects and solutions...

Department Of Geography And Resource Development

ABSTRACT Malaria control has received significant attention in the Akwapim South Municipality yet remains the highest cause of ill-health among the people. Not only must interventions be put in place but they must actually be effective in ensuring that malaria morbidity and mortality are eliminated. There have been series of strategies that have been implemented under the malaria control programme to control and prevent malaria. Despite the fact that interventions have been introduced, ...

Mapping Urban Place And Space: Fear Of Crime And The Re-Configuration Of Occupational Geographies In Tamale, Ghana.

ABSTRACT Throughout history, studies have amply revealed that where people choose to settle within the urban space is not new. This has been explained to be an important part of the urbanisation process. Effect of fear of crime on the urban environment especially that which involves the re-location of activities and the restructuring of the built environment as an impact factor response strategy is less acknowledged in urban security scholarship especially in developing countries....

An Analysis Of The Guinea Worm Eradication Programme And Its Effects On Social And Economic Development In The Northern Region Of Ghana

ABSTRACTGuinea Worm Disease (GWD) was officially reported in Ghana in 1965. As a result of the global campaign to eradicate the disease in the mid 1980s, Ghana investigated the magnitude of the disease on a pilot basis in the Northern Region. When it was established that the disease was a major public health problem in the country, Ghana started a local initiative towards eradicating the disease in 1986. Global assistance was extended to Ghana in its effort to eradicate the disease which was ...

Contribution Of Value Addition In Agriculture To Development: Case Of The Oil Palm Industry In Kwaebibirem District, Ghana

ABSTRACT This study examined the contribution of value addition in agriculture to socio-economic development with reference to the oil palm industry in Kwaebibirem District. The specific objectives addressed in this study were to: determine the character of the activities that generate value in the oil palm industry; find how the process of value addition contributes to development, especially in terms of employment and income; and analyse the wider policy implications for agricul...

Mapping Urban Place And Space: Fear Of Crime And The Re-Configuration Of Occupational Geographies In Tamale, Ghana

ABSTRACT Throughout history, studies have amply revealed that where people choose to settle within the urban space is not new. This has been explained to be an important part of the urbanisation process. Effect of fear of crime on the urban environment especially that which involves the re-location of activities and the restructuring of the built environment as an impact factor response strategy is less acknowledged in urban security scholarship especially in developing countries....

Assessing The Vulnerability Of Coastal Tourism To Sea Erosion- The Case Of Ada East District

Coastal erosion has become a major problem to coastal dwellers worldwide as its effects of destruction to properties, flooding and inundations continue to render populations homeless. Coastal erosion is defined as the wearing away of material from a coastal profile due to imbalance in the supply and export of material from a certain section (Marchand, 2010). Coastal erosion is noted to have burdened most nations‘ financial budgets in the mitigation and manageme...

USING REMOTE SENSING/GIS FOR A STUDY OF AGRICULTURAL LAND USE CHANGE IN AKWAPIM SOUTH DISTRICT

This thesis examined the changes in land use in the Akwapim South District where agriculture has undergone significant changes since the 1930s when cocoa farms were destroyed as a result of the invasion of swollen shoot disease. The methodological approach explored Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as tools for investigating the phenomenon. Aerial photographs of 1972n 4 and Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) satellite images of 1985 and 1991 ...

Accessibility To And Utilization Of Primary Health Care In The Ga, Dangme East And Dangme West Districts Of The Greater Accra Region

ABSTRACTThe study examined the accessibility and other socio-economic forces that influence theutilization o f primary health care services in the rural parts o f the Greater Accra Region o fGhana. Three administrative districts, Ga, Dangme West and Dangme East, were selectedfor study. Both qualitative and quantitative data were used. Questionnaire and interviewschedules reinforced by focus group discussions and observations, were the main researchinstruments. Descriptive and multivariate tec...

Gender And Climate Change Adaptation Strategies In Tolon District In The Northern Region Of Ghana.

ABSTRACTChanges in climate introduce numerous uncertainties to the livelihoods of farming communities that rely on the weather and climate. Climate change impacts are being felt in Ghana, most especially in the savanna zones, due in part to the geographical conditions of the location affecting both human and physical resources. This study assessed female and male adaptation strategies to climate change and its effects on their livelihoods in six communities in the Tolon District of the Northe...


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