Going for Green Cities: The Role of Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry in Creating the Ambiance of the Liveable City in Malaysia

Shaharuddin Mohamad Ismail, Shaharudin Idrus, Abdul Samad Hadi, Azman A. Rahman, Nurfarahain Zainal, Nur Dina Shazani Mohd Azam, Norashikin Shaharudin

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Abstract

It is well acknowledged that the world’s population is expanding and increasing. According to the United Nations, more than seven billion people inhabited the earth in 2011, and the number is expected to increase to 9.3 billion in 2050. Consequently, for the first time since 2008, more than 50% of the world’s population resides in towns and cities, which is expected to increase to more than 70% by 2050. Similarly, rapid urbanisation in Asian countries is also expected to expand tremendously, and many of the mega-cities will be located in Asia. Malaysia is also experiencing a rapid expansion of urban areas due to economic and business activities. It has been estimated that by 2020, 75% of the total population in Peninsular Malaysia will be residing in urban and city centres. Furthermore, 50% of the Peninsular Malaysian population will be in Kuala Lumpur Extended Mega-Urban Region (EMUR). The rapid pace of expansion and development in urban areas will undoubtedly effect many aspects of sustainable development. Unsustainable consumption of natural resources, water, land and recreational facilities will have detrimental effects on the environment as well as on both economic and social livelihood. Thus, this paper elaborates on the general perspectives of the current status of forests and green areas in the extended mega-urban regions as well as explores the need for future development of urban greening for liveable cities. The development of strategies and solutions are urgently required to assist cities in achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs), particularly goal SDG11, which focuses on making cities inclusive, safe, resilient, liveable and sustainable.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Sustainability Series
PublisherSpringer
Pages401-417
Number of pages17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameWorld Sustainability Series
ISSN (Print)2199-7373
ISSN (Electronic)2199-7381

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urban forestry
forestry
Malaysia
world population
urban region
urban area
sustainable development
recreational facilities
megacity
recreational facility
city center
livelihood
economics
urbanization
natural resources
UNO
United Nations
town
economic activity
water

Keywords

  • Peri-urban forest
  • Recreational forest
  • Urban forest
  • Urban liveability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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Mohamad Ismail, S., Idrus, S., Hadi, A. S., Rahman, A. A., Zainal, N., Azam, N. D. S. M., & Shaharudin, N. (2018). Going for Green Cities: The Role of Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry in Creating the Ambiance of the Liveable City in Malaysia. In World Sustainability Series (pp. 401-417). (World Sustainability Series). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63007-6_24

Going for Green Cities : The Role of Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry in Creating the Ambiance of the Liveable City in Malaysia. / Mohamad Ismail, Shaharuddin; Idrus, Shaharudin; Hadi, Abdul Samad; Rahman, Azman A.; Zainal, Nurfarahain; Azam, Nur Dina Shazani Mohd; Shaharudin, Norashikin.

World Sustainability Series. Springer, 2018. p. 401-417 (World Sustainability Series).

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Mohamad Ismail, S, Idrus, S, Hadi, AS, Rahman, AA, Zainal, N, Azam, NDSM & Shaharudin, N 2018, Going for Green Cities: The Role of Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry in Creating the Ambiance of the Liveable City in Malaysia. in World Sustainability Series. World Sustainability Series, Springer, pp. 401-417. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63007-6_24
Mohamad Ismail S, Idrus S, Hadi AS, Rahman AA, Zainal N, Azam NDSM et al. Going for Green Cities: The Role of Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry in Creating the Ambiance of the Liveable City in Malaysia. In World Sustainability Series. Springer. 2018. p. 401-417. (World Sustainability Series). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63007-6_24
Mohamad Ismail, Shaharuddin ; Idrus, Shaharudin ; Hadi, Abdul Samad ; Rahman, Azman A. ; Zainal, Nurfarahain ; Azam, Nur Dina Shazani Mohd ; Shaharudin, Norashikin. / Going for Green Cities : The Role of Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry in Creating the Ambiance of the Liveable City in Malaysia. World Sustainability Series. Springer, 2018. pp. 401-417 (World Sustainability Series).
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