SEEFOR 3 (2): 87-96
Original scientific paper
Perception of the Local Population toward Urban Forests in Municipality of Aerodrom
Aneta Blazevska 1*, Katerina Miceva 1, Biljana Stojanova 1, Makedonka Stojanovska 1
1 University St. Kiril and Metodij Skopje, Faculty of Forestry, Skopje, Macedonia
* Corresponding author: e-mail: email@example.com
BLAZEVSKA A, MICEVA K, STOJANOVA B, STOJANOVSKA M 2012 Perception of the Local Population toward Urban Forests in Municipality of Aerodrom. South-east Eur for 3 (2): 87-96. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15177/seefor.12-10
Background and Purpose: With the development of both society and economy, environmental issues have become a more popular topic. In recent decades both the role and perception of urban forests have changed regarding recreational and environmental aspects on both a local and global level. This coupled with urbanization places great importance on how people see and value the forests in an urban and peri-urban setting. Visitors are not a homogeneous category and hence have different needs and perceptions of urban and peri-urban green spaces. The study aims to understand the visitors` perception from municipality Aerodrom towards urban forests and their recreational use, benefits, preferences and perception regarding management activities of urban forests.
Material and Methods: The method used for the research is qualitative with semi-structured questionnaire which was conducted face to face. Gathered data were analyzed by Excel and after that were presented in tables and graphs for better review of the results. The study area was municipality of Aerodrom which has the biggest space under urban forests per capita in Skopje.
Results and Conclusion: Results have shown that all respondents have permanent residence in the municipality of Aerodrom, located in different settlements and with the length of stay mainly between 5 to 40 years. There is a dominance of female population and respondent’s age over 40 in the research. Results also showed that the average number of visit in urban forests by respondents during the week is three times. Regarding the meaning and association of term urban forests, results showed that majority of respondents have a clear and concise perception, and mainly this term for them is association on park and greenery, a nice decorated environment and place for walk. When it comes to the way how current situation with urban forest can be improved almost all of the respondents highlighted it can be through the following things: maintenance of the urban forests by the public enterprises to be set on a much higher level, more trees and flowers to be planted, more toilets and playgrounds to be built, and local government to forbid companies of building apartments and houses close to the urban forests.
Keywords: urban forests, perception, local population, municipality, urban green space, peri-urban green space
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