Table of Contents
Geography Journal
Volume 2016, Article ID 6231020, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/6231020
Research Article

Wealth, Health, and Inequality: Households Exposure to Environmental Hazards

1Department of Development Studies, University for Development Studies, Wa, Ghana
2Department of Real Estate and Land Management, University for Development Studies, Wa, Ghana
3Department of Geography and Rural Development, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Received 15 September 2015; Accepted 24 December 2015

Academic Editor: Siyue Li

Copyright © 2016 Ebenezer Owusu-Sekyere et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study examined the geographies of ecological hazards in the “Garden City” of West Africa, Kumasi. The data collection involved questionnaire survey of 300 households using proportional representative sample of residential communities. This was complemented with 6 focus group discussions and 12 in-depth interviews with officers involved in environmental management. The results show that the disparities in household exposure to environmental hazards were not only skewed towards the economically deprived communities but were also disproportionately biased against the indigenous communities. The research views this development as an indication of poor urban environmental management and confirms how lack of holistic environmental planning has led to injustice in the exposure to environmental hazards. We argue that a proper environmental management framework has to be developed to correct the inequalities in order to guarantee social cohesion within the entire urban space.