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Spatial decision support system for industrial park planning. Case study: Southern Province, Rwanda

Fiave, Raphael edem (2020) Spatial decision support system for industrial park planning. Case study: Southern Province, Rwanda.

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Abstract:Over the last three decades, the development of industrial parks across the globe has received significant attention mainly as a result of an increased desire by most countries to achieve rapid industrialisation and creation of off-farm jobs. For countries in the global South particularly, industrial parks represent strategic means for attracting needed investments into the industrial sector towards a long term goal of increasing domestic production for international markets. The planning and development of these parks is however complicated by the need for pre-feasibility studies that provide the needed technical, environmental and financial basis for assessing the viability of an industrial park project. The main challenge exists during the site selection stage where the need to select suitable locations for industrial parks that meet the needs of optimal labour accessibility and proximity to utility infrastructure in the midst of environmental and economic justifications is paramount. This study developed a dynamic SDSS for deciding on industrial park locations within the Southern Province of Rwanda as a case study. Based on background information, the results show that indeed current processes can benefit from the gains of a SDSS that integrates labour accessibility, connection costs for water and power as well as the validation of environmental and economic growth impact assessment into site selection activities.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ITC: Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
Programme:Spatial Engineering MSc (60962)
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