Factors Influencing Perceptions and Use of Urban Nature: Surveys of Park Visitors in Delhi

Paul, Somajita and Nagendra, Harini (2017) Factors Influencing Perceptions and Use of Urban Nature: Surveys of Park Visitors in Delhi. Land, 6 (2). pp. 1-23. ISSN 2073-445X

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Abstract

Urban green spaces provide important recreational, social and psychological benefits to stressed city residents. This paper aims to understand the importance of parks for visitors. We focus on Delhi, the world’s second most populous city, drawing on 123 interviews with park visitors in four prominent city parks. Almost all respondents expressed the need for more green spaces. Visitors valued parks primarily for environmental and psychological/health benefits. They had limited awareness of biodiversity, with one out of three visitors unable to identify tree species and one out of four visitors unable to identify animal species frequenting the park. Most of the daily visitors lived within 0.5 km of these parks, but a small fraction of visitors traveled over 10 km to visit these major parks, despite having smaller neighbourhood parks in their vicinity. This study demonstrates the importance of large, well-maintained, publicly accessible parks in a crowded city. The results can help to better plan and design urban green spaces, responding to the needs and preferences of urban communities. This research contributes to the severely limited information on people’s perceptions of and requirements from urban nature in cities of the Global South.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Molecular Diversity Preservation International and Multidisciplinary
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban parks; public perception; recreation; visitors; environmental benefits
Subjects: C Publications by ATREEians > G Journal Papers
Divisions: Publications by ATREEians > Journal Papers
Depositing User: Eprints Admin
Date Deposited: 03 May 2017 04:30
Last Modified: 03 May 2017 04:30
URI: http://eprints.atree.org/id/eprint/482

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