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05 - 07 March 2012 | IIC, New Delhi, INDIA

Creation and management of green spaces (including urban forests) has been gaining importance as urbanization becomes the most significant reason for human migration in the world. Urban Green Spaces provide town and city dwellers with significant environmental, recreational and material benefits. They are also home to a vast diversity of flora and fauna and are recognized as important repositories of biodiversity.

This is particularly true for developing countries where urbanization is progressing at an unprecedented rapid rate and a demographic switch from a predominantly rural to a predominantly urban society is taking place. UN (1991) figures indicate that in 1990 only 37% of the total population of developing countries was living in urbanized area. It is predicted that by the year 2025 the proportion will be 61%. Already rapid and uncontrolled urbanization in many developing countries is having fundamental social and environmental consequences. The role of Urban Green Spaces in ameliorating this situation is critical and significant and needs to be recognized in planning, creation and management of rapidly expanding urban human settlements.

urbanfutures2012 took a critical look at the interface between urban human habitations and urban green spaces to enrich our understanding of their interconnectedness with quality of life in our fast expanding cities. The Congress dealt with physical, spatial, economic, environmental, aesthetic, and other dimensions of urban green spaces (for details click on Image).