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Like many destination capitals across the globe, Abuja has experienced an influx of people from within and outside the country to live, work, and engage in tourism (business & and leisure) activities. The influx of people to the city can have implications for its environmental qualities in terms of air quality, waste management, and general human well-being. This study employs a mixed-method approach to examine people's perspectives of the state of these environmental qualities at recreation/tourist sites in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (NFCT) for its environmental sustainability.  Primary data for the study were obtained from government agencies, service operators, community stakeholders, and tourists/visitors within the 6 districts of the NFCT. 300 copies of questionnaires were administered with a sub-total of 50 copies at each of the 6 selected locations. Descriptive and statistical analyses were employed for the study. The study revealed significant positive responses from respondents on environmental quality, including clean air, and waste management education at the six study sites. However, the study findings suggest varying responses from the stakeholders on poor waste management and recommendations of the sites to prospective visitors/tourists based on the sites’ environmental qualities. The study recommends improved environmental qualities by the destination authorities in partnership with relevant stakeholders in enhancing clean air and modern waste management practices for environmental sustainability and the benefits of prospective and repeat visitors/tourists to the tourists/recreational sites. Similar studies could be conducted in other cities to investigate the similarity or otherwise of the findings of this study.






 









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People’s perception Environmental quality Recreation/tourist sites Environmental sustainability

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