Eko Atlantic city, Lagos, Nigeria


Development is underway for Eko Atlantic, an artificial island-based city by Lagos, Nigeria. The developers of the city claim it will become the economic hub of Nigeria and, perhaps, all of West Africa. It will be protected from rising sea levels by an enormous sea defence wall dubbed 'The Great Wall of Lagos' (1; 2). Nearby locals blame the construction (dredging, in particular) for increased frequency of sea surges and soil erosion (3). A representative from Build with Earth, a Nigerian NGO, stated that the project "is a private gated city firmly grounded on the exploitation and expropriation and use of our common wealth for private profit", while Prince Oniru has argued that the project "is a lifesaver for Victoria Island"--a very affluent part of Lagos--due to its seawall protection (4). The Environmental Impact Assessment--submitted late and after dredging had already begun--has come under heavy fire, with experts across the board agreeing that the "project lacks transparency, participation and doesn’t always adhere to the rule of law". (5). They also claim that the sand stocks are insufficient for construction and that dredging is increasing the energy of waves while the sea wall diverts their impact to the east. (5). The executive director of Spaces for Change claims that in one such surge after dredging began there were several casualties (6). Some critics argue that proponents of the project are taking advantage of climate change to further capitalist gains. In particular, one article refers to Eko Atlantic as 'climate apartheid'. (2).

Basic Data
NameEko Atlantic city, Lagos, Nigeria
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Urban development conflicts
Climate change related conflicts (glaciers and small islands)
Specific CommoditiesWater
Sand, gravel
Project Details and Actors
Project Details-up to 10,000m³ of sand moved each day (7)

-five million square metres of land constructed (7)

-about 90 million m³ of sand total will have be dredged from offshore Lagos (8)

-The Great Wall of Lagos will be 8 km in length and made from 100,000 concrete blocks (accropodes) weighing 5 tons each (9)
Project Area (in hectares)1,000
Level of Investment (in USD)1-4,000,000,000.00 (estimate)
Type of PopulationUrban
Potential Affected Population400,000-21,000,000
Start Date01/01/2004
Company Names or State EnterprisesEko Atlantic (Eko Atlantic) from Nigeria - Developers of project
Dar Al-Handasah (Shair and Partners) from Lebanon - Consultant for project
Royal Haskoning from Netherlands - Consultant (marine engineers): designed sea defence wall, inland waterway, oversaw sand reclamation
MZ Architects from Lebanon - Consultant
ar+h Architects from Nigeria - Consultant
Dredging International (DI) from Belgium - Contractor
South Energyx Nigeria Limited from Nigeria - Developer; subsidiary of Chagoury Group developed to oversee Eko Atlantic
Relevant government actorsLagos State Government
International and Financial InstitutionsFirst Bank of Nigeria Plc from Nigeria - Partner
Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank) from Nigeria - Partner
First City Monument Bank (FCMB) from Nigeria - Partner
Access Bank from Nigeria - Partner
BNP Paribas Fortis (BNP Paribas) from Belgium - Partner
KBC Bank (KBC) from Belgium - Partner
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersCommunity Conservation and Development Initiatives (CCDI), Environmental Law Research Institute (ELRI) Heinrich Boll Stiftung (HBS)(http://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/09/fresh-concerns-over-multi-billion-dollar-eko-atlantic-city-project/#sthash.UHu7zfiz.dpuf)

Spaces for Change (Nigeria)

Build with Earth (Nigeria)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)UNKNOWN
When did the mobilization beginUNKNOWN
Groups MobilizingLocal ejos
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of MobilizationMedia based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Soil erosion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems
Potential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Global warming
Health ImpactsPotential: Deaths, Other environmental related diseases, Other Health impacts
Otherdisease, accident and death potential from increased flooding and ocean surges
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Other socio-economic impacts
Potential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Militarization and increased police presence
Otherincreased inequality
Project StatusUnder construction
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.the project is still underway and resistance is still taking place, but it is unclear now what direction it will take and what the results will be
Sources and Materials

3. article documenting sea surge and coastal erosion due to project
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1. Eko Atlantic about us page
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4. Article on project: "Eko Atlantic city project in whose interest?"
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5. Article on project: "fresh concerns over multi billion dollar eko atlantic city project"
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6. Article on project about widening income inequality
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7. Eko Atlantic website: developing page
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8. EIA summary for Eko Atlantic
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9. Eko Atlantic page on construction of Great Wall of Lagos
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2. article (originally from The Guardian) on project
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Meta Information
ContributorLena Weber, Lund Division of Human Ecology, [email protected]
Last update15/07/2014