Poor people and the dynamics of transport across the lagoon in Abidjan
Gnankon Estelle Gisele Kabran
(Centre Suisse de Recherche Scientifique)
Paper short abstract:
The paper presents the different precautions for the mobility between a peninsular in Abidjan where many evicted populations had found refuge, and other parts of town. It also analyze perception of residents vis a vis the lagoonal transport and their social connections to other parts of the town.
Paper long abstract:
Abidjan is characterised by the presence of the Ébrié Lagoon. In 2014, the population of Abidjan was 4.7 million. Less wealthy people live on marginal public lands, including the waterfronts of the highly polluted lagoon because of available land and low rents. Some of these areas also lack access to roads or bridges. The pinasse (a wooden ferry) represents the most important means to connect to other areas of the city. The paper presents the case of the peninsular Adjahui, which was until 2008 a fisher camp but became densely populated after evictions of the Port Bouët waterfront and other informal settlements. The objective study is to analyze the different precautions for the mobility of residents between Adjahui and other parts of town. In addition, we analyze the use, the mobility pattern and perception of residents vis a vis the transport across the lagoon and their remaining social connections to other parts of the metropolis.
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