Incorporation of socio-cultural values in damage assessment valuations of contaminated lands in the Niger Delta

Victor A. Akujuru, Les Ruddock

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Damages on contaminated land have been mostly assessed for developments subsisting on the land, neglecting the goods and services derived from the land which possess only socio-cultural values. This paper aims to ascertain the importance of socio-cultural values in the total economic value of contaminated land, drawing from the experience of a coastal community oil spillage in the Niger Delta. The paper examines what constitutes a valuable interest on contaminated land and how socio-cultural factors are valued in the damage assessment process. After reviewing the literature and decided cases, a questionnaire survey was conducted and a sample valuation report was analysed. It is concluded that there exists a socio-cultural interest on contaminated land which professional valuers do not reflect in damage assessment claims. It is recommended that any comprehensive damage assessment requires the incorporation of socio-cultural values in the valuations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-692
Number of pages18
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


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