Greenbelt conservation as a component of ecosystem, ecological benefits and management services: evidence from Peshawar City, Pakistan
Abdul Basit (),
Noor Ul Amin,
Syed Tanveer Shah and
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Abdul Basit: The University of Agriculture
Noor Ul Amin: The University of Agriculture
Syed Tanveer Shah: The University of Agriculture
Imran Ahmad: The University of Agriculture
Environment, Development and Sustainability: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development, 2022, vol. 24, issue 9, No 38, 11424-11448
Abstract Conservation of greenbelts is the most enduringly successful and popular basic need for today to protect green land, preserve ecological landscape and open green spaces or gardens in urban fringes. Developing countries like Pakistan need to generate a wide range of strategic policies for the limitation of urban sprawl and construction of green structures to achieve sustainable green development. The research method was focused on a survey study regarding conservation of greenbelts with their significant impacts on environment, commercial market and the business community itself in the City of Peshawar, Pakistan. The study was projected mainly through an adapted questionnaire (n = 200) and then analyzed through Statistical Package for Social Sciences applying chi-square test and cross-tables, graphs, frequencies and percentages. The study highlighted the deterioration of greenbelts’ infrastructure system smashed possibly with improper developmental plans inside the urban fringes and inadequate maintenance of green structures. Opinion measures reported improved environmental and psychological paybacks, i.e., development of strong human senses to release stress and purify air, and several other benefits (a healthy, green, noise and pollution-free environment). The percentage swift urban sprawl and commercialization are the main causes of greenbelt deterioration and uplift of urban property costs. On the other hand, lack of spaces for greenbelts is a major cause for non-availability of facilities like sitting areas, walking track, trees, streetlights and car parking area. Qualitative surveillance based on conservation of greenbelts in an urban area revealed significant impacts on the environment, commercial marketing and the business community itself.
Keywords: Greenbelts; Business community; Development; Economic and ecological effects; Urban sprawl (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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