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Public Perception of Urban Green Infrastructure Quality in Towns from Southeast Nigeria

Ifeanyi N. CHUKWU1, Osita E. UZONNAH1, Eziyi O. IBEM*2, Francis O. UZUEGBUNAM2 
* Corresponding author
1 Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Department of Architecture,  Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State, NIGERIA
2 University of Nigeria, Department of  Architecture, Enugu Campus, Enugu State, NIGERIA
Pages: 95-111

Abstract. The extent to which green infrastructure contributes to the sustainability of the urban ecosystem is determined by several factors, including its availability in quantity and quality. However, in many urban areas in Nigeria, very little research has been done to deepen understanding of the quality of green infrastructure and its determinants. This research investigated the public perception of urban green infrastructure (UGI) quality and the factors that influenced this in four major towns in Ebonyi State, Southeast Nigeria. A survey of 513 participants was conducted with the data analysed using descriptive and categorical regression analyses, Mann-Whitney U, and Kruskal-Wallis H Tests. The results revealed that many of the participants have regular contact with UGI mainly for enjoying nature and fresh air, and preferred trees and water features. It was also observed that 66% of the respondents felt that the quality of green infrastructure in their locations was generally good but relatively higher where they work or do business than where they live. Differences in perception of UGI quality were due to their level of education, town of location, and type of neighbourhood environment. The regression analysis revealed that the respondents’ level of education, age, and marital status had the most significant influence on their perception of UGI quality. This study implies that for a better understanding of the public perception of UGI quality and effective planning and provision of UGI the factors identified in this research should be given adequate consideration by urban planners and managers.

K e y w o r d s: public perception, urban green infrastructure quality, survey, urban planning and management, Nigeria