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Article: Perception and attitude of residents toward urban green spaces in Guangzhou (China)

TitlePerception and attitude of residents toward urban green spaces in Guangzhou (China)
Authors
KeywordsChina
Community participation
Ecosystem service
Environmental function
Guangzhou
Naturalistic landscape design
Outdoor recreation
Precision planning
Urban green space
Visitor perception
Issue Date2006
PublisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00267/
Citation
Environmental Management, 2006, v. 38 n. 3, p. 338-349 How to Cite?
AbstractFast economic and social changes in recent years in China have brought massive expansion, redevelopment, and restructuring of cities. These changes offer cities the opportunity to improve environmental quality through urban green spaces (UGSs) and to address the challenges of meeting community aspirations. This study explored peoples' minds concerning UGSs in Guangzhou city in south China in relation to the following: (1) knowledge and perception of 25 ecosystem services and 8 negative impacts; (2) attitude toward site condition and management; (3) expectation of landscape design; and (4) preference ranking of venues. A questionnaire was designed to solicit opinions from 340 respondents randomly chosen from residents living in the study area. The results indicated widespread recognition of ecosystem services and strong support of UGS programs. Negative responses were weakly expressed. Amelioration of urban microclimate and environmental quality were emphasized. Environmental functions stressed in publicity programs, together with aggravating environmental problems in the city, tended to focus respondents' attention on UGS benefits. Wildlife habitat, species conservation and other natural ecosystem services drew limited concerns. Awareness of economic benefits was very low. Visual-landscape contributions with strong preference for naturalistic design and recreational benefits were highlighted. Compared with other countries, Guangzhou residents were characterized by visual-scenic-recreation orientation and pragmatic-utilitarian perception of UGSs, reflecting underlying differences in the understanding of inherent ecosystem services of green spaces. Relevant UGS policies and practices could adopt the approaches of market survey, citizen participation, and precision planning in order to meet increasingly mature and refined demands. Citizens' understanding of high-order ecosystem services could be enhanced to encourage appreciation of nature and their associated benefits. © 2006 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/157878
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.857
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.830
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dc.contributor.authorJim, CYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChen, WYen_HK
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dc.date.available2012-08-08T08:56:06Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_HK
dc.identifier.citationEnvironmental Management, 2006, v. 38 n. 3, p. 338-349en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0364-152Xen_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/157878-
dc.description.abstractFast economic and social changes in recent years in China have brought massive expansion, redevelopment, and restructuring of cities. These changes offer cities the opportunity to improve environmental quality through urban green spaces (UGSs) and to address the challenges of meeting community aspirations. This study explored peoples' minds concerning UGSs in Guangzhou city in south China in relation to the following: (1) knowledge and perception of 25 ecosystem services and 8 negative impacts; (2) attitude toward site condition and management; (3) expectation of landscape design; and (4) preference ranking of venues. A questionnaire was designed to solicit opinions from 340 respondents randomly chosen from residents living in the study area. The results indicated widespread recognition of ecosystem services and strong support of UGS programs. Negative responses were weakly expressed. Amelioration of urban microclimate and environmental quality were emphasized. Environmental functions stressed in publicity programs, together with aggravating environmental problems in the city, tended to focus respondents' attention on UGS benefits. Wildlife habitat, species conservation and other natural ecosystem services drew limited concerns. Awareness of economic benefits was very low. Visual-landscape contributions with strong preference for naturalistic design and recreational benefits were highlighted. Compared with other countries, Guangzhou residents were characterized by visual-scenic-recreation orientation and pragmatic-utilitarian perception of UGSs, reflecting underlying differences in the understanding of inherent ecosystem services of green spaces. Relevant UGS policies and practices could adopt the approaches of market survey, citizen participation, and precision planning in order to meet increasingly mature and refined demands. Citizens' understanding of high-order ecosystem services could be enhanced to encourage appreciation of nature and their associated benefits. © 2006 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSpringer New York LLC. The Journal's web site is located at http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00267/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofEnvironmental Managementen_HK
dc.subjectChinaen_HK
dc.subjectCommunity participationen_HK
dc.subjectEcosystem serviceen_HK
dc.subjectEnvironmental functionen_HK
dc.subjectGuangzhouen_HK
dc.subjectNaturalistic landscape designen_HK
dc.subjectOutdoor recreationen_HK
dc.subjectPrecision planningen_HK
dc.subjectUrban green spaceen_HK
dc.subjectVisitor perceptionen_HK
dc.subject.meshAttitude - Ethnologyen_US
dc.subject.meshChina - Ethnologyen_US
dc.subject.meshEcosystemen_US
dc.subject.meshEnvironment Designen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshQuestionnairesen_US
dc.subject.meshSocial Environmenten_US
dc.subject.meshSocioeconomic Factorsen_US
dc.subject.meshUrbanizationen_US
dc.titlePerception and attitude of residents toward urban green spaces in Guangzhou (China)en_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailJim, CY: hragjcy@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailChen, WY: wychen@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s00267-005-0166-6en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume38en_HK
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