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Connectedness to Nature Among City Dwellers Around Floodplains in Ibadan Metropolis

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Assessment of connectedness to nature is important in understanding the concepts of sustainable and resilient cities. This study assessed level of connectedness to nature among city dwellers around floodplains and riversides in Ibadan metropolis, Nigeria by investigating their preference and experience of animal, plants, water bodies, geological formations and natural spaces. The study was conducted around the floodplain of River Ona and 8 communities closest to the rivers were purposively selected in Apete, Ajibode, Orogun, Old Bodija, Eleyele, Gbekuba, Odo-Ona, and Omi-Adio. The researcher’s conveniently sampled 16 residents, 2 from each community, responded to questions on their most or least preferred nature and their experience of such nature. Their preferences were descriptively analyzed and accounts of their nature experience thematically analyzed. Majority of the distribution, aged between 22-57 years (x=40.9), were male (56.3%), married (66.8%), and owned their houses (56.3%). Quantitative analyses showed that their most preferred nature is vegetation (38.1%) followed by animals (23.8%) while water bodies (4.17%) was their least preferred nature. Thematic analysis of their experience of nature revealed themes of pleasant, unpleasant and ambiguous connectedness to nature. Pleasant connectedness to nature is linked to respondents’ wellbeing and conservation of the environment. The study concluded that preferences and experience of nature influence connectedness to nature among city dwellers around floodplains in Ibadan. This study recommended greening of the environment, enlightenment campaigns, early nature experience and regular visit to nature.
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hal-03762081 , version 1 (26-08-2022)

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Olusola Ayandele. Connectedness to Nature Among City Dwellers Around Floodplains in Ibadan Metropolis. [Research Report] IFRA-Nigeria Working Papers Series 86, IFRA-Nigeria. 2022, pp.1-14. ⟨hal-03762081⟩
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