Analysis of Regional Disparities in the Impacts of Anthropogenic Factors on the Environment in Africa

Chukwuedozie K. Ajaero, University of Nsukka, Nigeria
Chidi T. Nzeadibe, University of Nsukka, Nigeria

The linkage between population and environment has remained a contentious one. With the increasing concerns raised by climate change, African countries are faced with the onerous task of achieving MDGs through sustainable development. This work analyses the magnitude of the impacts of anthropogenic factors on the environment of these countries using the STIRPAT model. Findings of the study reveal regional disparities in the magnitudes of environmental impacts. The disparities in the estimated environmental impacts of these countries are attributable to differences in the values of their anthropogenic driving factors. Based on the magnitude of environmental impacts estimated from the STIRPAT model, countries are broadly grouped into areas with low, medium and high environmental impacts. This work suggests the application of preventive and intervening measures to achieve sustainable development in the region.

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Presented in Session 87: Population and Environmental Impact in Africa