Planning and Environmental Law Indispensable Partners in Environmental Protection


Authors : Odinde Oke

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 1 - January

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7652727

Planning law undoubtedly represent an essential tool in achieving sustainable development and practical expression of the precautionary principle in environmental sustainability. If planning law is rationally applied, it could effectively reduce environmental problems of waste management, industrial pollution, poor habitat, deforestation and flooding. The unplanned use of the environment has necessitated this research. Although there are no strictly environmental planning laws in Nigeria; there are however planning Laws as well as environmental laws. This is the core of this research; planning and environmental law are indispensable partners in environmental protection. Agencies charged with enforcement of environmental laws do not believe that planning is the core of environmental sustainability. The aim of this research therefore points that environmental as and planning are only but two sides of a coin. In achieving this, the doctrinal research method is adopted by utilizing both primary and secondary source materials; to include scholarly work in this area and scholarly work in the periodical. In this regard, the research exposed the short coming in environmental planning legislation in Nigeria which has also led to unsustainable planning practices in Nigeria in relation to the environment. The article therefore recommends a legal framework for environmental planning. Planning every usage of land like drainages to channel flood, periodical or weekly sanitation, planned residential/commercial areas are advanced as ways of achieving environmental sustainability.

Keywords : Environment, Planning, Land, Environmental Laws

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