Green space planning and policies for promoting public health

Authored by: Po-Ju Chang , Ang Yeh , Mi-Geng Wu

The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Cities and Landscapes in the Pacific Rim

Print publication date:  March  2022
Online publication date:  March  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367471149
eBook ISBN: 9781003033530
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In this chapter, policies related to urban green space at different spatial scales are discussed; this draws on theories and cases to present in-depth analyses of the ultimate goals of urban green space planning and the public health infrastructure related to it. First, climate change is introduced along with potential ways to improve the situation such as making healthy policies related to urban greening, influencing different plans for natural places across Asian-Pacific countries, and improving their effects on human health. Healthy infrastructures are next examined from various perspectives: at the country level, topics related to national spatial planning are discussed with examples relating to how countries develop their policies to deal with climate change and air pollution. For discussions related to public health infrastructures at the small scale (such as green roofs, green walls, and coverage with green upgrades), medium scale (such as neighborhood and street greening), and large scale (such as urban parks, urban green belts, and wind tunnels in the city), the case studies are provided with applications for each scale. Urban greening policies related to health in Pacific Rim countries such as China, Singapore, and Australia have been introduced, which we highlight in the following sections. The main strategies for dealing with urban heat and air pollution at the country level involve (a) afforestation, or returning farmland to forests and grasslands; and (b) creating a high degree of architectural greening and green space systems to maintain urban biodiversity and create a more livable environment.

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