Mapping the Impact of Urbanization on Green Spaces: The Human Drivers of Land Use/Land Cover Change in Delhi

Paul, Somajita (2016) Mapping the Impact of Urbanization on Green Spaces: The Human Drivers of Land Use/Land Cover Change in Delhi. Doctoral thesis, Manipal University, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE).

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Abstract

Rapid urbanization across the globe poses a severe threat to the urban environment and sustainability. The increasing urban population exerts pressure on existing natural resources for food and shelter, leading to degradation and loss of urban greenspaces and water bodies. The deficit of urban nature manifests in the loss of valuable ecosystem services like air purification, water infiltration, reduction in water pollution, micro-climate regulation, noise reduction and carbon sequestration (Kong et al., 2007) and other related nature-derived benefits. Thus, there is a pressing need to protect and restore the functioning of these spaces through conservation and suitable management practices (Devy and Swamy 2009). Towards this, the present research aims at critically analyzing the global drivers of changes in green spaces, understanding the impact of Delhi’s urban growth on the extent and fragmentation of green spaces, exploring the attitudes and perceptions of the public on parks (one of the most important remaining green spaces in most cities) in Delhi and finally, assessing the management and communication networks that are associated with park governance. The findings of this study can serve as a useful reference for planning authorities and urban designers for the enhancement and preservation of urban green cover, to help meet the needs of the park visitors, and improve effective park governance towards the goal of providing a satisfying urban park visitor experience. All this will ensure the protection and enhancement of biodiversity and support green spaces to improve human health and well-being in stressful urban environments.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Additional Information: Copyright of this thesis belongs to the authors, Manipal University, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
Subjects: B ATREE Students Thesis and Dissertations > L Students Thesis
Divisions: ATREE Students Thesis and Dissertations > Students Thesis
Depositing User: The Library Officer
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2019 10:56
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2019 10:56
URI: http://eprints.atree.org/id/eprint/658

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