- Application of G.I.S in Identification, Documentation & Monitoring Brownfield Land    click here to open paper content80 kb
by    Kazungu, Raphael & Wanjiru, Philomena & Gitau, Judy | ktandaza@yahoo.com   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
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Towards sustainable urban development and renewal, GIS can facilitate Brownfield redevelopment planning which is essential in mitigating the effects of urban carbon emission, climate change, rapid urbanization and land inelasticity.
Globally, challenges of the emerging climate change and energy crisis impose additional constraints on options for urban development, as they clearly indicate that the usual paths of development are becoming impracticable.

Conversely, Kenya is witnessing real estate boom on large parcels of arable Greenfield land taking up the city’s breadbasket. Therefore, urban development is running environmental risks, consuming huge amounts of resources and putting strains on the environmental system.

Planners therefore need to innovate approaches in response to: urban population growth, slum formation, changes in public policy, climate change, global competitiveness, urban sprawl, technological advancement, current state of inner cities and scarcity of inexpensive, serviced and accessible land vis-ŕ-vis accommodation/location of expected population, job growth and large-scale projects. .

One innovative approach is the redevelopment of Brownfield land, which can address important goals of planning in developing countries, namely sustainable urban development and renewal, enhancing economic development , urban carbon emission reduction, plus, environmental and public health protection.

Potential Brownfield redevelopers face a number of challenges, including finding sites, estimating costs and benefits, assessing contamination and remediation, and engaging stakeholders.

This paper explains how urban planning and far-sighted management of urban development/ growth /change contribute to resource efficiency in urban life by applying GIS in identification, documentation, presentation and monitoring Brownfield land in Eastlands, Nairobi and their attendant redevelopment.

Brownfields redevelopment, GIS, Climate Change, resource efficiency
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