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Construction activities and environmental issues in and around Gaborone City

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Being one of the fastest growing cities in sub-Saharan Africa, Gaborone City, Botswana, is experiencing much construction activity. However, evidence from a study whose findings are reported in this paper, shows that the construction activities have had a negative impact on the environment in and around the city. A few cases have been presented in the paper to raise awareness regarding the issue. Several stakeholders in the construction industry have been interviewed to evaluate their awareness and ascertain their views on the issue in the context of any existing laws and regulations relating to construction and the environment. Recommendations have been proposed as a way forward in achieving better construction practice. The growing concern about environmental degradation and the need for sustainable development makes it crucial to minimise any adverse impacts that may be caused by future construction activities.

Keywords: construction activities, environment, negative impacts, sustainable environment and development

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