The Natural Environment
The natural environment of the district is made up of mainly the Guinea Savanna vegetation which has evolved from climatic factors and modified substantially by human activities. Human activities, notably, annual routine bush burning, inappropriate farming practices and indiscriminate felling of trees for fuel wood and charcoal as well as poor animal husbandry practices have led to loss of the vegetative cover in the district. These have resulted in loss of soil fertility and its adverse effects on crop cultivation. Again, the location of the district serves as an entry point to the Fulani herdsmen. Their activities have adversely affected the vegetation.
Realizing the effects that degrading the natural environment have on crop production, the quest for protecting the natural environment is gradually gaining ground in the district. Planting of economic trees is a manifestation of this.
The Built Environment
The built environment of the district basically consists of private residential housing units. Educational and other administrative institutions also constitute the built environment of the district. A number of dams constructed (especially by Plan Ghana) for both human and animals also for farm use constitute the built environment.
In terms of physical development, the absence of development control has resulted in chaotic physical development leading to incompatible land uses. Poor attitudes towards sanitation and personal hygiene practices, inadequate water and sanitation facilities among others are the major factors affecting the built environment. Therefore efforts should be made to provide these facilities. Environmental bye laws need to be enacted and enforced to protect the environment.
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