How to Protect Green Spaces in Middle East

One of the ecological benefits brought by green spaces is its capability to combat urban heat. The increasing urban heat is usually caused by the high number of heat reflective substances that are emerging in the cities. Green spaces such as gardens and parks can significantly reduce heat and promote natural cooling through an efficient ventilation and dynamic absorption. Some green spaces could even help prevent urban flooding, air pollution, and storm water run-off. So, how can we protect these beneficial green spaces in Middle East?

Spread Awareness

Dubai is expected to plant an estimated of 50 million flowers in its public gardens, parks, roadsides. This is to meet the government’s goal of greening more than 8% of their urban environment. A person might find the flowers blooming in their green parks enticingly pretty. And without proper awareness about green space protection, would have plucked it. It might cause damage to the beauty as well as to its entirety.

However, if people are properly informed on green spaces,they will have all the great opportunities to enjoy flower delivery Dubai. This should give people one good reason to conserve the green spaces, enjoy its environmental benefits while having those lovely flowers on your hand.

Proper Education

Lacking academic research and studies about the availability and usability of green spaces in Middle East is one of the reasons for its unpopularity in this region. Despite the health benefits and business viability of green spaces, they can be obstructed by other challenging reasons too.

For example, the pressure to maintain their spaces on water and land resources are limited, thus efforts on green space projects could be restricted also. So, it is important to educate people about the advantages of green spaces. The more people learn about it, the more people will make an effort to protect it.

Sustainable Projects

There had been plenty of ambitious projects aiming to increase protection, awareness, and access towards green spaces in the Middle East. One example is in Qatar, the recent Msheireb Downtown is dubbed to be the World’s First Sustainable Downtown Regeneration Project. The project utilizes the latest sustainable technology to adhere with the topmost standards when it comes to green building.

Award-winning architect, John Avery had worked on wide scale projects in Middle East and had known to link green spaces development to enhance commercial performance. The green spaces will serve as a thread that will connect communities. This makes the place more recognizable and attractive at the same time.

Smart Landscaping

Middle East has such high demand for water but the problem is they have a limit too on its availability. Due to this reason, landscaping companies find innovative solutions to properly maintain the greenery in the area. A US licensed Architect Walter Bone had emphasized the importance of smart design and careful planning in reducing water consumption without compromising the quality of the green landscapes layout.

يتطلب التحول في البيئة المبنية تغييرا في الجانب المتعلق بالطلب من أجل تحفيز التغيير في جانب العرض

It is an architect’s responsibility to analyze and come up with a smart design that could assist in storm water collection and top quality irrigation system. The design will be able to sustain the lacking water supply in the Middle East and at the same time to be able to safeguard the green spaces in the area.

Enhancing the green spaces while protecting and regulating the urban ecosystem could indeed offer plenty of benefits to individuals and the entire community. Urban green parks will also motivate people to use the space for recreation, exercise, and leisure. It will definitely provide them aesthetic benefits while keeping them healthy and fit.

About Salman Zafar

Salman Zafar is the Founder of EcoMENA, and an international consultant, advisor, ecopreneur and journalist with expertise in waste management, waste-to-energy, renewable energy, environment protection and sustainable development. His geographical areas of focus include Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Salman has successfully accomplished a wide range of projects in the areas of biomass energy, biogas, waste-to-energy, recycling and waste management. He has participated in numerous conferences and workshops as chairman, session chair, keynote speaker and panelist. Salman is the Editor-in-Chief of EcoMENA, and is a professional environmental writer with more than 300 popular articles to his credit. He is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on renewable energy, waste management and environmental sustainability in different parts of the world. Salman Zafar can be reached at salman@ecomena.org or salman@bioenergyconsult.com
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