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Title: Urban residents beliefs concerning green space benefits in four cities in France and Portugal
Authors: Madureira, Helena
Nunes, Fernando
Oliveira, José Vidal
Cormier, Laure
Madureira, Teresa
Keywords: Beliefs
Green infrastructure
Urban green spaces
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Madureira, H., Nunes, F., Oliveira, J. V., Cormier, L. & Madureira, T. (2015). Urban residents beliefs concerning green space benefits in four cities in France and Portugal. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 14, 56–64.
Abstract: Understanding how urban residents rate the benefits associated with urban green spaces is crucial in developing appropriate urban green infrastructure strategies. This study explores residents’ beliefs concerning the benefits of urban green spaces and investigates whether similarities and differences can be highlighted in four different French and Portuguese urban areas (Paris, Angers, Lisbon and Porto) through a questionnaire survey (n = 1000) based on the best–worst scaling (BWS) method. The results demonstrated that urban green space benefits are not equally valued among cities, suggesting that there is simultaneously a consensus among the most and least valued benefits across cities, as well as local variations in city residents’ beliefs about some other benefits of urban green spaces. For example, the importance of urban green spaces for personal health and well-being and to facilitate contact with nature were noted by residents of all four urban areas; consensus also exists on the little support given to two microclimatic functions of green spaces, namely, air temperature reduction and noise reduction. On the other hand, some green space benefits, such as the promotion of biodiversity or the contribution to the city image, are differentially valued among the four cities. Overall, the study stresses the importance of developing local assessments of the beliefs surrounding the benefits of urban green spaces. Recognizing these multiple beliefs and communicating clearly about the benefits offered by green spaces may help to mitigate future conflicts between residents and urban planners and managers, and thus contribute to optimizing green infrastructure planning benefits.
ISSN: 1618-8667
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