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Ostoic, SK; van den Bosch, CCK; Vuletic, D; Stevanov, M; Zivojinovic, I; Mutabdzija-Becirovic, S; Lazarevic, J; Stojanova, B; Blagojevic, D; Stojanovska, M; Nevenic, R; Malovrh, SP.
(2017): Citizens' perception of and satisfaction with urban forests and green space: Results from selected Southeast European cities
URBAN FOR URBAN GREE, 23, 93-103; ISSN 1618-8667 FullText FullText_BOKU

Abstract:
In this paper the results of the first comprehensive study on perception of and satisfaction with urban forests and green space in seven Southeast European cities are presented. The aims of the paper are to analyse 1) citizen perceptions of the current state of urban forests and green space in their cities, 2) to what extent current urban forests and green space meet their needs and how this can be improved. A cross-sectional study was conducted by using a common face-to-face survey questionnaire. Respondents were selected based on census data though a stratified sampling procedure by taking into account age, gender and city district (n = 384 in each city). The results showed that citizens genuinely care for urban forests and green space in their cities, but are not satisfied with their current state. The respondents found issues related to misbehaviour of other users, the presence and quality of facilities, as well as the presence and quality of management or maintenance the most pressing. There were more statistically significant differences than similarities between cities. Socioeconomic variables explained perceptions only to some extent. Citizens were very supportive of educational campaigns about the importance of urban forests and green space as well as of better enforcement of the existing regulations though having more community wardens that were expected to tackle current unsatisfactory situations. Urban planning and urban forest and green space management in these cities are facing many problems characteristic for post-socialist countries. Study findings are expected to contribute to decision making in urban planning and natural resource management. (C) 2017 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.
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Zivojinovic Ivana
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