Residents' attitudes towards tree care programs in cityscapes

Keywords: biophysical resource, market survey, land use, urban forests, sustainable development goals

Abstract

Purpose: Examine residents’ attitude towards urban trees from the perspective of funding or voluntarily contributing time for tree care programs. Majority of global populace live in cities, hence, the rise in public expectations for liveable, sustainable and greener communities and urban areas all over the world, Nigeria inclusive. With proper planning and management, cities may become more liveable, but the rapid loss of large urban green areas cause havoc, and has ushered in several problems such as adverse climatic condition, reduced water and air quality, amongst others. Metodology: A questionnaire survey was conducted to understand how residents rank and rate the benefits of urban trees as well as individual willingness to support conservation initiatives, using Benin metropolis, Nigeria as a case study. Findings: Using binary logit analysis, the study identified that residents who are aware of ecosystem services, had a profession and have spent at least 20 years in the city, had a significant relationship with personal willingness to volunteer time and/or donate money toward urban tree care programs and activities. Contribution to knowledge: Provided quantitative information to demonstrate the importance of conserving trees in development projects towards Global SDGs. 

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Author Biographies

Oghenekevwe Joy Arabomen, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria
Oghenekevwe Joy Arabomen: Research scientist in Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria: Ibadan, Oyo, NG. PhD (Forest Science) at University of Pretoria. MSc (Forest economics and management) at University of Ibadan. B.Agric (Forestry and wildlife) at University of Benin Faculty of Agriculture.
Folaranmi Dapo Babalola, University of Ilorin
Folaranmi Dapo Babalola: is a professional forester. He holds BSc. (Forest Resources Management); MSc. (Forest Economics and Management); and PhD (Forest Economics) from University of Ibadan. He started his studies, teaching and research career at the University of Ibadan. He was appointed lecturer I at Department of Forest Resources Management, University of Ilorin in 2011 and currently a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department. He was awarded the Vice-Chancellor Postdoctoral fellowship of the University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa from 2012 to 2014, and on completion of the postdoc was appointed Extraordinary Lecturer at UP. Dr Babalola started his professional career with humble background. His field of specialization is Forest Economics, and research interests include Social Forestry, Community Forestry, Urban Forestry, Marketing and Value Chain Analysis of Forest Products, Sustainable Forest Exploitation and Management, Agroforestry, Forestry Education, Biodiversity Conservation.
Felix Oaikhena Idumah, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria
Felix Oaikhena Idumah is a professional researcher. He is a Professor at the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria. He holds a PhD and M.Sc in Agricultural Economics; B.Sc in Economics and HND in Forestry. His research interest is Econometrics. Felix has contributed to knowledge with over 44 publications in both national and international Journals and Proceedings. 
Chinyere Salome Ofordu, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria
Ofordu Chinyere Salome is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Environmental Modeling and Biometrics, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria. She holds a Masters degree in Environmental Management and Control, and B.Sc in Geography and Meteorology from Enugu State University of Science and Technology in Nigeria. She is currently studying for her PhD at the same University. 

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Published
2021-03-22
How to Cite
Arabomen, O. J., Babalola, F. D., Idumah, F. O., & Ofordu, C. S. (2021). Residents’ attitudes towards tree care programs in cityscapes . Revista Produção E Desenvolvimento, 7. https://doi.org/10.32358/rpd.2021.v7.462
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Evaluation, Public Management & Development