CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH GREEN CITIES OF THE FUTURE
Close to 80% of the North American, European, Asian and Australasian population that live in and around cities depend on the essential environmental, economic, and social benefits provided by green open spaces. It seems apparent that if these green cities are to flourish then there is a critical need to define what constitutes green open space in a city and describe the beneficial relationships that exist between plants, people and place. However there continues to be a lack of reliable data on how much green open space is available, how it is to be measured, whether this green open space is increasing or decreasing, and whether there is sufficient green open space in terms of environmental sustainability for a green city of the future. This paper describes green open space, discusses the benefits and assets associated with green open space, and the challenges associated with the classification, planning, and monitoring of green open space.
Aldous, D.E. (2013). CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH GREEN CITIES OF THE FUTURE. Acta Hortic. 999, 27-36
green open spaces, green benefits, sustainability, city environment