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Urban Green Space Accessibility and Distribution Equity in an Arid Oasis City: Urumqi, China

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College of Resources and Environmental Science, Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Oasis Ecology, Xinjiang University, Urumqi 830046, China
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Faculty of Forest and Environment, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, 16225 Eberswalde, Germany
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College of Tourism, Xinjiang University, Urumqi 830046, China
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Forests 2020, 11(6), 690; https://doi.org/10.3390/f11060690
Received: 24 April 2020 / Revised: 22 May 2020 / Accepted: 14 June 2020 / Published: 18 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nature-Based Solutions in Urban Forestry Planning and Management)
Urban green space (UGS) is crucial to the healthy development of urban residents. However, UGS that is accessible can benefit residents to an even greater degree. Based on the two-step floating catchment area model (2SFCA) and the location quotient (LQ), we analyzed the changes from 1999 to 2019 in UGS walking accessibility and equity in built-up areas of Urumqi at different administrative levels, and how UGS policy affects the improvement of accessibility. The results showed that UGS accessibility and equity are not evenly distributed at different administrative levels and UGS categories. Although the overall UGS accessibility and equity has improved with policy implementation, these changes are caused by metro-level UGS construction in urban fringe areas. The improvement in UGS accessibility at the neighborhood level in densely populated areas is neglected, which leads to a mismatch between UGS construction and population distribution. In addition, the accessibility of UGS is also limited by geographical location, population density, road distribution, and water shortage in arid metropolitan Urumqi. Our research results provide a theoretical basis for Urumqi and other cities in the optimization of UGS structure and the realization of social equity. View Full-Text
Keywords: oasis cities; urban green space (UGS); two-step floating catchment area method (2SFCA); accessibility; inequality; UGS policy oasis cities; urban green space (UGS); two-step floating catchment area method (2SFCA); accessibility; inequality; UGS policy
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Shi, L.; Halik, Ü.; Abliz, A.; Mamat, Z.; Welp, M. Urban Green Space Accessibility and Distribution Equity in an Arid Oasis City: Urumqi, China. Forests 2020, 11, 690.

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