The Benefits Of Urban Greening

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1. INTRODUCTION 1.1 Introduction Urban Greening broadly refers to the integrated approach of planting, preserving and management of all forms of vegetation in cities and peri-urban areas of social, economic and environmental benefits (Byrne et al., 2010). Urban greening can be synonymously used with the term urban greenspace which refers to a broad variety of green areas within cities, (Roy et al., 2012). These include all types of parks, sporting fields, private backyards and gardens, street trees, spontaneous vegetation, infrastructure easements, cemeteries, green roofs, vacant lots, nature conservation and other spaces that provide opportunities for active and passive recreation (Harnik, 2010). These green spaces literally cover both public…show more content…
It is based on the assumption that, achieving sustainable development lies in achieving a balance between socio-economic development and environmental development (Rydin, 2010). For urban greening to meet the objectives of sustainable development, municipal authorities or local government should craft policies and strategies that should be implemented so as to safeguard the future of green spaces, develop more of them, improve the quality of urban services like air, transport, water and make urban areas more attractive to investors while enhancing the wellbeing of local people (Troy et al., 2007). Flexible planning considers social, demographic and bio-physical characteristics of areas, of which green space is planned for (Byrne et al., 2010), in other words, green spaces should be provided to meet social and ecological needs of a city. This is one of the biggest challenges facing many countries like South Africa, where the recently experienced political change that has brought capital and economic interests into the forefront of development priorities (Mentis 2010). Through better spatial planning, cities can minimise urban land use footprints and enable ecological conservation and improvements to be part of the foundation of city development (Henderson, 2013). Sustainable development therefore requires many functions of urban greenness like heat absorption, purification of air and aesthetic value in promoting urban living standards without degrading urban ecology. Also green space improvement in urban areas requires the cooperation of different stakeholders and raising public awareness of its role in sustainable development. People living in urban areas need to sign up to the fact that green space opportunities are related to the public good and that they need public support in order to develop and be managed in the right way

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