Science Target Conference Systems, Ajman 4th International Environment Conference 2016

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WHY THE GREATER CAIRO CITY NEEDS AN INTEGRATIVE URBAN GREEN MANAGEMENT?
Mahmoud Yousef Ghoneem

Last modified: 2015-11-11

Abstract


The Greater Cairo City is one of the biggest, most polluted and most densely populated cities in the world.  Cairo has a various levels of urban green spaces, which represent approximately 3.5% of the greater Cairo city total area, where the average of the urban green spaces is 1.2 sq.m/capita. moreover and in spite of these averages consider a very low average comparing with the international's, The Urban Green Spaces/elements in the greater Cairo city suffers from many serious problems that obstructs them to play its significant role in improving the quality of both city-living and the Natural environment of city.

Although there are many regulations, determinants and special requirements for preserving the balance between natural and built environment in the new cities, but unfortunately the problem is how we can preserve/achieve this balance in the existing cities? And who bears the Environmental Costs in this City? Moreover why many of our urban developing Plans are still referring to Standard vegetation Ratio related only to the city area, and neglecting the environmental considerations and the correlation between vegetation ratios, the actual /expandable built Environment, Surrounding environment, pollution ratio and the density of user's and Passersby's.

This Paper Aim to answer these questions aiming to achieve comprehensive solutions through applying the integrative concept of Urban Green Management. That deals with problems with multiple dimensional impacts that affect not only the urban life inside the city, but also its environmental equilibrium and its liveability as well.