Investigation into the Acquisition and Development of Wetlands in Built Environment Industry: A Case Study in Kumasi Metropolis (Published)
Wetlands are the most important ecosystem of the earth the depletion of ecosystems turn to weaken their ability to provide essential services. This study investigates into the trend acquisition and development of wetland in Kumasi metropolis. The study adopted a cross-sectional survey design with a mixed method approach. 120 respondents from 10 wetland sites were randomly selected from a population of 450 developers for the study. The research used questionnaire to collect data. SPSS and Smart PLS were used to analyse the data collected. The study reveals that, the state of wetlands before they were taken over by construction activities were the presence of natural vegetation, plant and animal species. The study established that the major reason for the development of wetlands is it closeness to social amenities and the main allocator of wetlands are chiefs. Moreover, there is an increasing trend in the acquisition and development of wetlands in Kumasi. Finally the study reveals that the major factor influencing wetland acquisition and development in Kumasi were prime location of wetlands. It is recommends that there should be effectual collaboration between city authorities and traditional land owners in implementing the planned layout of the city.