ADDRESSING THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE LAGOS MEGACITY THROUGH SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING
Keywords:Sustainable landscape, megacity, environmental degradation
With a population of 12.1 million people, Lagos is the world's 25th-largest metropolis. Lagos' population is predicted to grow to 15.8 million by 2025, putting it as the earth's 12th most populous city, thanks to an influx of around 6,000 new residents every day. In contrast to many other megacities, however, slums house more than half of the population. Pollution of the air and water, floods, mismanagement of trash, instability, and restricted access to critical facilities and city services are all outcomes of unfettered urban expansion. Lagos' economic significance has been recognized “it contributes more than 40 per cent of the national GDP”. Nevertheless, the state administration has been challenged to address these issues through the "Lagos Mega City Area Development Program." The “Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency” is one of the government bodies tasked with correcting environmental deterioration via landscaping. This study examines how to educate and organize citizens, as well as to construct landscaped areas, and stroller, bicycle and bicycle-friendly pathways and water flow. Numerous instances are provided to show how these activities have aided in the enhancement of living situations and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.