Greening Ottawa to Increase Resilience and Equity: Study on Citizens’ Preferences Regarding the Urban Forest
David Suzuki Foundation and partners
Authored by: Félix L. Landry
Partners: Canada Research Chair in Ecological Economics, Institute of Temperate Forests Science
Climate solutions, Biodiversity, Cities climate change, human health and well-being
This study, which is based on choice modelling, is aimed at measuring Ottawans’ preferences regarding five urban forest attributes: density, diversity, the proportion of conifers/deciduous trees, the visual aspect and the associated costs. The analysis of survey data collected from 450 respondents reveals a preference for an urban forest with a higher density of trees, a wider diversity of tree species, the presence of street shrubs, and a willingness to invest in these natural infrastructure attributes.
These results indicate that Ottawans want a forest-management approach that is different from current greening practices and should be seen as a clear message to decision-makers to redirect public funds towards improving natural infrastructure, an approach that will allow for greater resilience to climate change.
Scientific Report Summary: Developing a Decision-Support Tool for Greening Potentially Contaminated Vacant Lots in Urban Areas
This report summarizes a cartographic decision support tool that prioritizes the greening of potentially contaminated vacant land based on equity and climate change adaptation. The study was conducted on a territory located in the cities of Montreal and Montreal East (Quebec, Canada), and explores a methodology that integrates multi-criteria evaluation with geographic information systems. The tool will help municipal decision-makers, organizations and citizens in the planning and deployment of green spaces in their jurisdictions.
Greening Toronto to Increase Resilience and Equity: Study on Citizens’ Preferences Regarding the Urban Forest
The results of this study indicate that Torontonians want a forest-management approach that is different from current greening practices and should be seen as a message to decision-makers to redirect public funds towards improving natural infrastructure to allow for greater resilience to climate change.