Title: Green infrastructure policy for sustainable urban development

Authors: Abdulrahman Sa'adu Danjaji; Mariani Ariffin

Addresses: Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Science, Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Kano State, Nigeria ' Department of Environmental Management, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Abstract: Green infrastructure refers to the network of natural and semi-natural areas, features and spaces in rural and urban areas, terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine areas. Green infrastructure can be strengthened through strategic and coordinated initiatives that focus on monitoring, restoring, improving and connecting existing areas and features as well as creating new uses and features. The principal issue that stimulates this work is to observe how planning policies could contribute towards achievement of sustainable urban development in Malaysian urban centres using GI attributes. The procedure involved for conducting this work was qualitative content analysis of planning policies that guides physical development of Peninsular Malaysia. The analysis conducted revealed the comprehensiveness of the GI. The policies give more emphasis on protection of natural areas, followed by conservation of Malaysian environment and provision of urban green spaces. The provision of urban trail was not provided anywhere in the policies analysed.

Keywords: green infrastructure; sustainable development; urban development; sustainability; Malaysia; planning policy; content analysis; environmental protection; natural areas; urban trails; green corridors; nature conservation; open space; cities.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESD.2017.083293

International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 2017 Vol.16 No.2, pp.112 - 127

Available online: 22 Mar 2017 *

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