Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Volume 4, Issue 4, August 2015

  • The Importance of Planning for Green Spaces

    Elizelle Juaneé Cilliers

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 4-1, August 2015
    Pages: 1-5
    Received: Mar. 27, 2015
    Accepted: Mar. 27, 2015
    Published: May 27, 2015
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    This article belongs to the Special Issue Planning for Sustainable Communities: Green-Spaces in Rural Areas
    Abstract: Green spaces are often perceived as a luxury, especially in rural areas in need of basic services and characterized by housing needs. Recent studies proof the necessity of providing green spaces, captured in terms of the social, environmental, health and economic benefits that such spaces offer to (urban and rural) communities, along with the core ... Show More
  • African Approaches to Spatial and Green Planning

    Okeke D. C.

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 4-1, August 2015
    Pages: 6-13
    Received: Mar. 24, 2015
    Accepted: Apr. 08, 2015
    Published: May 27, 2015
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    This article belongs to the Special Issue Planning for Sustainable Communities: Green-Spaces in Rural Areas
    Abstract: As spatial planning evolved two notions of green planning emerged: traditional and sustainability notions. The former identifies with the practice in African countries when traditional urbanism is the vogue and popular design tradition in planning managed eco-centric settlements. In this context, spatial and green planning fused and drew impetus fr... Show More
  • Social Upliftment as a Result of Green Space Provision in Rural Communities

    Nicolene de Jong

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 4-1, August 2015
    Pages: 14-20
    Received: Mar. 31, 2015
    Accepted: Apr. 08, 2015
    Published: May 27, 2015
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    This article belongs to the Special Issue Planning for Sustainable Communities: Green-Spaces in Rural Areas
    Abstract: Rural communities, especially those within the South African context, are faced with daily challenges – most of which are associated with a lack of basic social provisions, needs and spaces. This paper introduces the concept of green space planning as an alternative planning approach to address these social challenges within rural South African com... Show More
  • Planning Child-Friendly Spaces for Rural Areas in South-Africa

    Ma-Rene’ Kriel

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 4-1, August 2015
    Pages: 21-32
    Received: Mar. 04, 2015
    Accepted: Apr. 17, 2015
    Published: May 27, 2015
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    This article belongs to the Special Issue Planning for Sustainable Communities: Green-Spaces in Rural Areas
    Abstract: Child-friendly space are not successfully implemented in South Africa due to problems such as urbanization, development pressure, lack of qualitative open spaces and lack of policy and legislation guiding the planning and protection of such spaces. This study explores the possibility of creating qualitative, playful, educational and environmentally... Show More
  • The Planning and Development of Child-friendly Green Spaces in Urban South Africa

    Zhan Goosen

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 4-1, August 2015
    Pages: 33-44
    Received: Mar. 04, 2015
    Accepted: Apr. 13, 2015
    Published: May 27, 2015
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    This article belongs to the Special Issue Planning for Sustainable Communities: Green-Spaces in Rural Areas
    Abstract: The impact that urban green spaces in urban environments have on the sustainability and quality of life of the residents is phenomenal [3,19,40]. The local reality in South Africa confirms that green spaces, specifically child-friendly green spaces, in urban environments are decreasing because of growing populations and increasing urbanization [34]... Show More
  • Evaluating the Spatial and Environmental Benefits of Green Space: An International and Local Comparison on Rural Areas

    Luan Cilliers

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 4-1, August 2015
    Pages: 45-51
    Received: Apr. 02, 2015
    Accepted: Apr. 17, 2015
    Published: May 27, 2015
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    This article belongs to the Special Issue Planning for Sustainable Communities: Green-Spaces in Rural Areas
    Abstract: Many issues exist from isolated planning of urbanized areas and environmental areas. Current approaches focussing on the integration of Urban Planning and Urban Ecology seek to address such issues. Urban Ecology practice aims to describe the study of the joined relationships between humans and nature. Urban Ecology thus forms a major part of Urban ... Show More
  • Addressing Water Concerns Through Spatial Planning Initiatives For Rural Communities

    Hildegard E. Rohr

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 4-1, August 2015
    Pages: 52-58
    Received: Mar. 30, 2015
    Accepted: Apr. 09, 2015
    Published: May 27, 2015
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    This article belongs to the Special Issue Planning for Sustainable Communities: Green-Spaces in Rural Areas
    Abstract: Planning in South Africa operates within a legal framework, which strives to ensure that municipalities deliver their developmental duties (in terms of Section 153 of the Constitution). South Africa’s approach to Spatial Planning and Land Use Management is undergoing major changes in order to escape from the legacy of apartheid planning, as well as... Show More
  • Planning for Sustainable Communities: Evaluating Place-Making Approaches

    Sanmarie Schlebusch

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 4-1, August 2015
    Pages: 59-72
    Received: Mar. 30, 2015
    Accepted: Apr. 28, 2015
    Published: May 27, 2015
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    This article belongs to the Special Issue Planning for Sustainable Communities: Green-Spaces in Rural Areas
    Abstract: People's survival and their quality of life, are irrefutable dependent on the natural environment in which they reside. To ensure that people's quality of life be maintained in any specific area, it is therefore imperative to find a sustainable equilibrium between the social and economic needs of people and the capacity of the natural resources in ... Show More
  • Challenges in Realising Sustainable Community Development in Rural South Africa

    Bernice B. Van Schalkwyk

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 4-1, August 2015
    Pages: 73-79
    Received: Apr. 13, 2015
    Accepted: Apr. 24, 2015
    Published: May 27, 2015
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    This article belongs to the Special Issue Planning for Sustainable Communities: Green-Spaces in Rural Areas
    Abstract: The importance of rural development has long since been known but it has specific relevance to South Africa, where the poor quality of life is driving rural resident to migrate toward urban areas. This is turn is causing worrying problems for cities and towns which have to provide housing and services to the increased influx of new residents. The o... Show More
  • A Framework for Planning Green Spaces in Rural South Africa

    Elizelle Juaneé Cilliers

    Issue: Volume 4, Issue 4-1, August 2015
    Pages: 80-86
    Received: Apr. 02, 2015
    Accepted: Apr. 02, 2015
    Published: May 27, 2015
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    This article belongs to the Special Issue Planning for Sustainable Communities: Green-Spaces in Rural Areas
    Abstract: The importance of planning for green spaces is well captured in literature, focusing on the direct and indirect benefits which such spaces provides to various beneficiaries, from local authorities to local communities. However, the planning and implementation of such spaces, especially in a rural context, is complex. The value of spaces is perceive... Show More