Title: Maintaining urban greenery in developing countries for tourism and recreation: a benefit-cost analysis

Authors: Pradeep Chaudhry

Addresses: Arid Forest Research Institute, Jodhpur 342005, India

Abstract: Conserving biodiversity in urban areas of developing countries has become a big challenge. Urban green spaces play a very important role in this direction. Governments in developing countries are recognising the need of increasing forest and tree cover in urban settings. Like other developing countries, India is also rapidly urbanising. Today every fourth Indian is a city-dweller and it is estimated that more than 40% of India|s population will reside in urban areas by 2030. An attempt has been made in this paper to demonstrate the worth of maintaining urban green spaces in Chandigarh city of India by way of benefit-cost (B/C) analysis for the well-being of the city residents and tourists as well. The results would be useful for the city administrators, planners, academics, legal community and general public for deciding about urban land uses in more effective manner.

Keywords: public parks; gardens; tree avenues; urban forests; green spaces; Chandigarh; India; urban forestry; greenery maintenance; developing countries; recreation; benefit-cost analysis; conservation; biodiversity; urban areas; towns; cities; forest cover; tree cover; forestry; urbanisation; city residents; tourists; land use; leisure marketing; tourism marketing; value creation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLTM.2011.037187

International Journal of Leisure and Tourism Marketing, 2011 Vol.2 No.1, pp.70 - 77

Published online: 30 Nov 2010 *

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