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Perception of Residents about Urban Vegetation: A Comparative Study of Planned Versus Semi-Planned Cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Pakistan | OMICS International| Abstract
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  • J Ecosyst Ecogr 2018, Vol 8(1): 251
  • DOI: 10.4172/2157-7625.1000251

Perception of Residents about Urban Vegetation: A Comparative Study of Planned Versus Semi-Planned Cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Syed Atif Bokhari1*, Zafeer Saqib1, Amjad Ali2 and M Zaman-ul-Haq1
1GIS and Eco-Informatics Laboratory, Department of Environmental Science, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan
2Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), , Karachi, Pakistan
*Corresponding Author : Syed Atif Bokhari, GIS and Eco-Informatics Laboratory, Department of Environmental Science, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan, Tel: +92-3359922212, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Feb 01, 2018 / Accepted Date: Feb 19, 2018 / Published Date: Feb 28, 2018

Abstract

The present study compared opinions of south Asian planned (Islamabad) versus semi-planned (Rawalpindi) urban residents, regarding urban vegetation (ecological capital) and its usefulness. These urban areas known as twin cities lie in close vicinity but their contrasting contextual setting makes them a suitable case study. The locals were asked questions related to the importance of urban vegetation, changes in it over a period of time and resultant impacts (positive/negative). A majority (90%) of respondents opined that urban vegetation is beneficial while another big proportion (69.20%) believed vegetation cover changed over time and recent changes in urban vegetation were viewed negatively (55.80%). Statistical analysis revealed that respondents form both cities significantly differ in their point of view regarding ecological capital: usefulness of vegetation (p<0.02); urban vegetation cover changes (p<0.02) and its impacts (p<0.01). The study concluded that planning/contextual settings influence human perception about natural capital in urban settings. While, the people were equivocal in perceiving the vegetation change; the negative impacts were more felt by the people living in semi-planned area than the people living in the planned areas.

Keywords: Ecosystem; Urban vegetation; Sustainability; Semiplanned

Citation: Bokhari SA, Saqib Z, Ali A, Zaman-ul-Haq M (2018) Perception of Residents about Urban Vegetation: A Comparative Study of Planned Versus Semi-Planned Cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Pakistan. J Ecosys Ecograph 8: 251. Doi: 10.4172/2157-7625.1000251

Copyright: © 2018 Bokhari SA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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