A qualitative exploration on the awareness and knowledge of stakeholders towards Urban Heat Island phenomenon in Greater Kuala Lumpur: Critical insights for urban policy implications

Ramakreshnan, Logaraj and Aghamohammadi, Nasrin and Fong, Chng Saun and Ghaffarianhoseini, Amirhosein and Wong, Li Ping and Noor, Rafidah Md and Hanif, Noor Rosly and Wan Abd Aziz, Wan Nor Azriyati and Sulaiman, Nik Meriam Nik and Hassan, Norhaslina (2019) A qualitative exploration on the awareness and knowledge of stakeholders towards Urban Heat Island phenomenon in Greater Kuala Lumpur: Critical insights for urban policy implications. Habitat International, 86. pp. 28-37. ISSN 0197-3975

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.habitatint.2019.02.007

Abstract

Despite its notable role in the exacerbation of urban climate, Urban Heat Island (UHI) was poorly addressed, communicated and integrated into local urban policies of many developing countries. Such scenario often queried the level of UHI understanding amongst the key players who were involved in urban policy formulation. Hence, a qualitative study using Focus Group Discussions (FGD) was designed to investigate the awareness and knowledge level of stakeholders such as policy makers and practitioners in Greater Kuala Lumpur (GKL), an expanding socio-economic hub of a developing tropical country. The findings demonstrated a variable lack of awareness and knowledge about the concept of UHI, its status in GKL as well as organizational engagement in adaptation and mitigation initiatives among the study participants. Essentially, policy makers illustrated a facile awareness and knowledge towards UHI issues whereas practitioners displayed a more robust portfolio of factual understanding regarding the corresponding issues. In line with National Urbanization Policy's (NUP) aspiration to optimize urban developments that provide high quality of life, this study sheds some light on the exigency for UHI awareness creation and capacity building among the policy makers. This study also provides impactful prepositions for the articulation of necessary actions towards evidence-based urban policy formulation in future. © 2019

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Focus group discussion; Greater Kuala Lumpur; Sustainable city; Urban heat island; Urban management; Urban policy
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine
T Technology > TH Building construction
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of the Built Environment
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2020 01:42
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 01:42
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/23688

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