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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management
World Bank assisted National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) - University of Port Harcourt
ISSN: 1119-8362
Vol. 22, No. 7, 2018, pp. 1111-1120
Bioline Code: ja18189
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, Vol. 22, No. 7, 2018, pp. 1111-1120

 en Social Ecology and Urban Green Spaces in Ibadan, Nigeria
AREOLA, AA & IKPORUKPO, CO

Abstract

This study analyses and explains the spatial pattern of urban green spaces based on a new approach, the application of the concept of social ecology with data collected from 3410 respondents selected across the 104 communities in Ibadan using stratified random sampling technique of projected population of Ibadan for 2015 estimated at 1,783, 367 with four sample percentages, 0.1% 0.2%, 0.4% and 0.8 % respectively. Bivariate correlation analysis of SPSS version 21 was used to determine the significant social ecology indicators at P ≤ 0.05. Results show that the spatial pattern of green spaces was clustered indicating an uneven distribution of the benefits and burdens of urban green spaces for the year 2015. There are significant relationships between green spaces occurrence and such social ecology indicators as occupation (P = 0.001), income (P = 0.002) and housing type (P = 0.002). Thus, the distribution of green spaces is a function of the various social structures in existence in the metropolis. The commonly used indicators for social ecology in the literature for geographical studies are income, race and education. This study identified two additional possible indicators: occupation, and housing type.

Keywords
social ecology; urbanization; green spaces; GIS

 
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