Factors and Strategies for Environmental Justice in Organized Urban Green Space Development

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Factors and Strategies for Environmental Justice in Organized Urban Green Space Development


  • Dillip Kumar Das Civil Engineering, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


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Abstract:  Increased demand for land for economic and residential purposes has engendered tensions among different land users in Indian cities. Consequently, the development and management of environmentally just and organized green spaces involve major challenges. In this article, using the context of three Indian cities (Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, and Kolkata), the factors that contribute to environmentally unjust development and management of organized green spaces were examined and various strategies that would lead to environmental justice were evaluated. A survey research method was used to collect data, followed by factor analysis and ordinal regression modelling. Findings suggest that factors under five principal components contributed to environmental injustice, including: community features and infrastructure related to organized green space; the economics of development and management of organized green space; linking green space to environment and health; spatial development, land use, and accessibility; and land availability and governance of the supply of green space. Strategies such as community-led, green space development and management; fair and equitable distribution of green spaces; improvement of accessibility; connecting green spaces to benefits of health; and mandatory linkage of built infrastructure with the provision of green spaces would ensure environmental justice.

Keywords:  accessibility; economy; environmental justice; green space; India; land use

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Issue:   From Smart Urban Forests to Edible Cities: New Approaches in Urban Planning and Design (Forthcoming)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v7i2.5010


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