Greenspace governance and potential for resilience in contasting cases from Kuala Lumpur and Christchurch.

Authors: Christopher Ling*, Royal Roads University
Topics: Planning Geography, Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: urban green space, resilience, governance, co-benefits
Session Type: Virtual Paper
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Urban parks and green spaces are recognized for providing wide-ranging benefits for city residents and urban environments. Research has addressed the impact these spaces have on health and well-being, climate change adaptation, urban biodiversity, ecosystem services, social interaction and cohesion, housing and property valuation, heritage value, and education. Interdisciplinary scholars have examined urban sustainability and the role of urban infrastructure in contributing to sustainable, liveable cities, with urban parks and green spaces presented largely as beneficial, with little downsides. Yet, despite this, cities and regions continue to wrestle with providing and managing these spaces for the 21st-century city. This presentation examines two case studies exploring the provision and nature of green-space in a two very contrasting contexts. In Christchurch, New Zealand much built space has been demolished and/or abandoned following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, and the city has been tackling the role and purpose of this greenspace. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has a potentially catastrophic lack of green infrastructure, a significant threat to the livability and resilience of the city yet the purpose of green space in the City is narrowly defined to be for ‘recreation’. This has influenced the nature of creation of new greenspace in the City. I discuss these two examples and highlight the influence of governance contexts on the nature of green space development as it relates to the planned outcomes of major greenspace projects and their potential for contributing to resilience.

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