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Whose Urban Green? Mapping and Classifying Public and Private Green Spaces in Padua for Spatial Planning Policies

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GIScience and Unmanned Systems for the Integrated Management of the Territory and the Natural Resources, University of Padua, 35100 Padua, Italy
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Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World (DiSSGeA), University of Padua, 35100 Padua, Italy
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Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (ICEA), University of Padua, 35100 Padua, Italy
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Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and Environment (DAFNAE), University of Padua, 35100 Padua, Italy
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Academic Editors: Wolfgang Kainz, Peter M. Bach and Martijn Kuller
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10(8), 538; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10080538
Received: 31 May 2021 / Revised: 29 July 2021 / Accepted: 5 August 2021 / Published: 10 August 2021
The rising environmental issues on contemporary cities urgently calls for sustainable planning policies. Implementation of nature-based solutions, ecosystem services, and green infrastructures associated to green spaces management is at present of paramount importance. In contrast to policies mainly focused on public greenery, the inclusion of private green in planning strategies might be a promising pathway. The general aim is mapping and classifying urban green spaces in Padua, a city of 93.3 km2 (Northeast Italy). Specific aims are (i) testing an NDVI-derived extraction from very high-resolution orthophotos; (ii) classifying property status; (iii) highlighting multilevel relationships and strategies for urban green spaces implementation and management; (iv) assessing greenery in relation to per capita population. By performing remote sensing and GIS analyses, a first detailed global map of urban green spaces in Padua was created; then, binary classification and thematic maps for rural/non-rural, public/private, municipal/non-municipal greenery were produced for all urban units. Results show that, among total green spaces (52.23 km2), more than half are rural. Moreover, private green spaces represent 80%, while within public areas (20%) less than 10% are municipal (5 km2). We therefore highlight scenarios for planning policies in Padua by providing tools to policymakers for an integrated management of green spaces, where private greenery might also contribute to ecosystem services implementation for common urban well-being. View Full-Text
Keywords: green infrastructure; nature-based solutions; vegetation indices; GIS-based planning; urban ecosystem services; private green; soil sealing green infrastructure; nature-based solutions; vegetation indices; GIS-based planning; urban ecosystem services; private green; soil sealing
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Pristeri, G.; Peroni, F.; Pappalardo, S.E.; Codato, D.; Masi, A.; De Marchi, M. Whose Urban Green? Mapping and Classifying Public and Private Green Spaces in Padua for Spatial Planning Policies. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10, 538. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10080538

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Pristeri G, Peroni F, Pappalardo SE, Codato D, Masi A, De Marchi M. Whose Urban Green? Mapping and Classifying Public and Private Green Spaces in Padua for Spatial Planning Policies. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2021; 10(8):538. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10080538

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Pristeri, Guglielmo, Francesca Peroni, Salvatore E. Pappalardo, Daniele Codato, Antonio Masi, and Massimo De Marchi. 2021. "Whose Urban Green? Mapping and Classifying Public and Private Green Spaces in Padua for Spatial Planning Policies" ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 10, no. 8: 538. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10080538

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