FIG Peer Review Journal


Path to Sustainable Development: The Estate Surveyors and Valuer's Perspectives (5105)

Adebakin Asaju and Mary Ajayi (Nigeria)
Prof. Adebakin Asaju
Department of Estate Management
Federal University of Technology
P.M.B. 704
Corresponding author Prof. Adebakin Asaju (email: bolseg2002[at], tel.: + 234-8060136529)

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Published on the web 2011-03-16
Received 2010-11-22 / Accepted 2011-02-10
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2011 in Marrakech, Morocco and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2011
ISBN 978-87-90907-92-1 ISSN 2307-4086


Development in order to be long-term sustainable, must respect the constraints set by the environment and natural resources. If environmental constraints are violated, development will ultimately lead to its own destruction. Sound development of human settlements requires consideration of environmental and resource limitations throughout the whole process of planning and management. It is therefore, imperative that development planners and decision-makers be aware of the limits, put by the environment. In most countries, including Nigeria, public awareness has galvanised around the theme ‘sustainable development’ – wide disciplinary area indeed. This paper however focuses on the role of estate surveyors and valuers in the search for sustainable development. The paper proceeds from clarifications from relevant concepts such as sustainability, sustainable development, as necessary preliminary to understanding of materials in later parts of paper. This is followed by an overview of Nigeria’s land or natural resources. Next the paper examines the roles of the Estate Surveyor and Valuer (the manager of land and people) in sustainable development of land resources in Nigeria. These include land use control and town planning, land acquisition, land development, land reform and settlement, land management and land valuation. Finally, the paper encapsulates the general problems of sustainable development in Nigeria and identifies the challenges facing the nation in our search for sustainable development of the environment.
Keywords: Land management; Land distribution; Real estate development; sustainability; sustainable development