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Title: Green infrastructure in a Middle Eastern environment : promoting social-ecological connectivity in Greater Cairo
Author: Mahmoud, Noha Gamal El-Din Abdel Hamid Hassan
ISNI:       0000 0004 2721 3356
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis explores different meanings and practices of green infrastructure (GI). In particular. it examines the scope for GI in the Greater Cairo Region (GCR) of Egypt. In a number of countries. especially in North America and Europe, the nature of GI is increasingly \\e11 established and there have been some successful attempts at implementation. However practice in Egypt appears to be encountering a number of problems. These are principally associated with the aridity of the country (although it has a long tradition of irrigation from the Nile). weaknesses of planning and implementation procedures. rapid urbanisation and pressure for land. and weak integration of the green- space resource. However, there are also some promising opportunities associated with social and cultural functions of open space. recent planning visions. and a range of natural environmental assets. This thesis focuses on three main case studies in the GCR. Evidence is gathered through IKONOS GIS maps of Greater Cairo, interviews with specialists who have responsibilities for spatial planning either in academic or professional sectors in Egypt, site visits and critical interpretation of planning documents. The key findings concerning substantive aspects relate to GI concepts elements, and education. Primarily the findings indicate that there is potential for the GCR to be linked through a GI which integrates natural. ecological and social-cultural functions. They findings concerning procedural aspects emphasize the need to bridge the gaps between planning processes and organizations by considering G I as a fundamental layer in planning strategies. The findings also point to a need to change the traditional view of aridity as a negative feature into an advantageous aspect, particularly in Middle Eastern environments. The thesis concludes that improvements in both substantive and procedural aspects of landscape planning are necessary if the GCR is to have an effective GI.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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