Benchmarking Sustainability And Ecological Footprint Of African Cities

Muhamad Ludin, Ahmad Nazri (2012) Benchmarking Sustainability And Ecological Footprint Of African Cities. In: Proceedings of 6th South East Technical Univerity Consortium (SEATUC) Symposium, 6-7 March 2012, Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand.

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Abstract

Africa has the highest rate of urbanization due to several factors that are self-induced and natural phenomenon. There is a significant relationship between urbanization and destruction of ecosystem in Africa. The Ecological Footprint (EF) is an accounting system to show relationship between urban area and rural ecosystem though in a parasitic manner. It has been proved that African has the lowest EF in the world because of its lifestyle and consumption of resources. The major source of energy to both urban and rural in Africa is through wood fuel and this has devastating effect on forest and ecosystem. The forest is been depleted and CO2 emitted to the atmosphere. Many households in urban area of African cities depend solely on wood fuel throughout the year. Consideration on other sources of energy for domestic use is needed to reduce the level of degradation of forest. Research has proved that price of alternative source of energy is expensive and this encourages the charcoal usage.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ecological Footprint; Energy; Population Growth; Wood fuel.
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Urban and Regional Planning
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 06:02
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2013 06:02
URI: http://epublication.fab.utm.my/id/eprint/335

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