Mapping the socio-political landscape of heat mitigation through urban greenspaces: the case of Taipei Metropolis.
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MABON, L. and SHIH, W.-Y. . Mapping the socio-political landscape of heat mitigation through urban greenspaces: the case of Taipei Metropolis. Environment and urbanization [online], (accepted).
We assess socio-political challenges for urban heat island (UHI) mitigation in greenspace planning, focusing on Taipei Metropolis, Taiwan. Through analysis of articles from two newspapers, we suggest that attention to greenery and heat tends to reflect immediate weather or planning considerations, and that a perception of greenspace as a barrier to economic development remains. Broad-based, durable rationales extending beyond climate adaptation benefits may be required to sustain support for greenspace planning in Taipei. There is also a need to raise decision-maker awareness of the specific actions required to realise cooling benefits via greening. We argue the Taipei case demonstrates the potential for policy messaging based on greenspace functions to attain cross-sectoral buy-in for greenspace development or preservation, but that planners and policymakers must ensure consensus-based governance actually delivers cooling benefits to citizens. Our results also indicate greenspace planning policy could more explicitly address community-level greening specifically targeted at cooling or other climate adaptation challenges.