n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Coping with environmental challenges in the medium size town of Ahero in Nyanza Province, Kenya

Volume 3, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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Emerging environmental planning issues in medium size towns in Kenya have received little attention. The study examined the urban growth of Ahero town with respect to the status of the town's environment and its planning and environmental problems, as well as the town's planning and environmental challenges. The methods used in data collection included survey questionnaires administered to 199 respondents in Ahero town, field observation, key informant interviews, photography, analysis of topographical map of scale 1:50,000 and Ahero Town Physical Development Plan dated 1966. Data analysis involved both quantitative and qualitative techniques. Quantitative data was entered and analyzed in SPSS and Excel while qualitative data was thematically analyzed. The proposed development plan was developed using Geographical Information System techniques. The study findings indicated that there are a number of environmental problems in Ahero town including: poor housing, poor solid waste management, poor sanitation evidenced by lack of a sewer system and inadequate water supply to meet the needs of the expanding urban population. Given these findings, the study recommends the institutionalization of housing improvement programmes, privatization of the solid waste management system and the development of a proper sewer system to cater for liquid wastes. This study is significant in that it reveals the existence of environmental concerns in the town and provides awareness to the council and residents about these problems. The recommendations and data generated by the study can be used by the council to control environmental problems within its jurisdiction. Further, this knowledge can be used by scholars to carry out further enquiry into the provision of adequate housing, enforcement of environmental policies and planning for water provision in the area.

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