This paper investigates the nexus between environmental justice as a concept, the indigenous people of southern Nigeria’s understanding of this concept, and how such indigenous knowledge impacts their abilities in building sustainable communities.
An essential ingredient to achieving environmental justice in any urban space is ensuring inclusivity irrespective of race, class, or social status. The United States Environmental Protection Agency advocates for community participation when environmental laws, regulations, and policies are being formulated. The environmental justice concept can better address the unmanaged and unsustainable economic growth occasioned by the exploitation of natural or artificial resources.
The authors’ previous research projects have centered on the bottom-up approach to formulating urban policies.
Drawing on data collection tools, including questionnaires, focused group discussions, mapping, and relevant literature reviews, the authors analyze local understandings of community members, interested stakeholders, and policymakers in Delta and Lagos states’ economic and resource-rich regions, Nigeria. For community participation to be successful, the authors argue that there is a need to evaluate the indigenous knowledge about Environmental Justice.

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