Urban Forests and Open Green Spaces: Lessons for Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Singh, V.S., D.N. Pandey and P. Chaudhry

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Here, we review the present status of urban forestry across the world, and draw lessons that can be applied for the governance of urban green spaces during the development of Jaipur as a world-class city in Rajasthan. We find wide variation both in coverage as well as per capita availability of green spaces. There are, however, some discernible trends emerging from cities renowned for their urban green spaces: approximately 20 to 30% coverage of the total geographical area, and 15 to 25 m2 urban green spaces per capita. World Health Organization suggests ensuring at least a minimum availability of 9 m2 green open space per city dweller. Finally, we provide strategies and lessons for connecting science to decisionmaking aimed at creating multifunctional landscapes to enhance urban resilience and human well-being.

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Technical Document

Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board