•The impact of various ‘development’ policies on the environment cannot be overstated.•We assess how various development policies impact land use/cover in Ghana’s oil city.•Deforestation and agricultural land loss are prevalent in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.•Loss of local livelihoods due to changes is likely to impede the fight against poverty.•To protect livelihoods and achieve SDG number one, urban expansion must be controlled.
Land Use Policy – Elsevier
Published: Apr 1, 2018
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