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Human Dimensions of Urban Blue and Green Infrastructure during a Pandemic. Case Study of Moscow (Russia) and Perth (Australia)

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Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), 04318 Leipzig, Germany
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Agrarian and Technological Institute, Peoples Friendship University of Russia (RUDN), 117198 Moscow, Russia
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School of Design, The University of Western Australia (UWA), 6009 Perth, Australia
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Harry Butler Institute, Murdoch University (MU), 6150 Murdoch, Australia
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Department of Soil Geography and Landscape, Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Academic Editor: Nyuk Hien Wong
Sustainability 2021, 13(8), 4148; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084148
Received: 16 March 2021 / Revised: 31 March 2021 / Accepted: 6 April 2021 / Published: 8 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Urban Water Landscapes and Blue-Green Infrastructure)
Significant challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted that features of a modern, sustainable and resilient city should not only relate to fulfilling economic and social urban strategies, but also to functional urban design, in particular, related to urban blue and green infrastructure (BGI). Using results from a web-based questionnaire survey conducted May–July 2020 in Moscow (Russia) and Perth (Australia), this paper provides insights regarding citizens’ needs for and values of urban BGI as well as their changes during and after the COVID-19 restrictions. Survey data collected during the lockdown period have captured information about people’s ability to access green and blue spaces within urban BGI, inequalities in access, feelings, and values as well as needs and perceived pathways of future development of urban natural environment. In both cities, lockdowns limited access of people to green spaces which affected their mental and physical health. Survey results revealed that the quality, functionality, and location of open green spaces illustrated a disparity in distribution, meaning that in many cases several communities from particular neighborhoods suffered from limited access to BGI. Furthermore, in addition to analyzing perceptions and values of urban nature during the COVID-19 pandemic, some suggestions for improvement of urban BGI based on the survey responses are provided. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban green space; blue space; blue-green infrastructure; citizen perceptions; green use practices; COVID-19 pandemic; Moscow; Perth urban green space; blue space; blue-green infrastructure; citizen perceptions; green use practices; COVID-19 pandemic; Moscow; Perth
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Dushkova, D.; Ignatieva, M.; Hughes, M.; Konstantinova, A.; Vasenev, V.; Dovletyarova, E. Human Dimensions of Urban Blue and Green Infrastructure during a Pandemic. Case Study of Moscow (Russia) and Perth (Australia). Sustainability 2021, 13, 4148. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084148

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Dushkova D, Ignatieva M, Hughes M, Konstantinova A, Vasenev V, Dovletyarova E. Human Dimensions of Urban Blue and Green Infrastructure during a Pandemic. Case Study of Moscow (Russia) and Perth (Australia). Sustainability. 2021; 13(8):4148. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084148

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Dushkova, Diana, Maria Ignatieva, Michael Hughes, Anastasia Konstantinova, Viacheslav Vasenev, and Elvira Dovletyarova. 2021. "Human Dimensions of Urban Blue and Green Infrastructure during a Pandemic. Case Study of Moscow (Russia) and Perth (Australia)" Sustainability 13, no. 8: 4148. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084148

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