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After Mapping Effort, One City in Nigeria Cleans Up Urban Waste: When Temidayo Isaiah moved to Akure to attend university, he was shocked by the amount of pollution he found in this big city in southwestern Nigeria.

Temidayo was surprised to see trash piled high in the streets of neighborhoods across the city. Due to poor infrastructure and a lack of policy and regulation on trash collection, informal dumping sites and poor waste management created a large urban waste problem.

Akure’s mounting urban waste problem is not just unsightly — it poses significant health, sanitation, and environmental consequences for the community. Though tackling this challenge is no easy task, Temidayo and his fellow students at the Federal University of Technology were motivated to find a way to clean up their city.

Asa remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) major, Temidayo decided he would put his mapping skills to work and convinced the recently launched YouthMappers chapter at his university to take on the challenge. Forty students from across the university began mapping urban waste across the city.

YouthMappers is a program launched by the USAID GeoCenter to cultivate young leaders to address development challenges in unmapped places where USAID works.

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After Mapping Effort, One City in Nigeria Cleans Up Urban Waste: When Temidayo Isaiah moved to Akure to attend university, he was shocked by the amount of pollution he found in this big city in southwestern Nigeria.Temidayo was surprised to see trash piled high in the streets of neighborhoods across the city. Due to poor infrastructure and a lack of policy and regulation on trash collection,informal dumping sites and poor waste management created a large urban waste problem.Akure’s mounting urban waste problem is not just unsightly — it poses significant health, sanitation, and environmental consequences for the community. Though tackling this challenge is no easy task, Temidayo and his fellow students at the Federal University of Technology were motivated to find a way to clean up their city.Asa remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) major, Temidayo decided he would put his mapping skills to work and convinced the recently launched YouthMappers chapter at his university to take on the challenge. Forty students from across the university began mapping urban waste across the city.YouthMappers is a program launched by the USAID GeoCenter to cultivate young leaders to address development challenges in unmapped places where USAID works.