Ep.46 URBAN GREEN SPACE & EFFORTS TO REWILDING CITIES
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"First on air 21 May 2022"

The city of Bangkok grew almost ten times within just four decades, as in 1959 the urban areas of Bangkok were just about 100 square kilometers, but the number surged to about 1,000 square kilometers in 2000. The rapid expansion of Bangkok has already caused us various problems, as the city becomes barren of trees and green spaces. Bangkok’s green space per capita now stands only at 7.49 square meters, well below the minimum of 9 square meters per capita recommended by World Health Organization. If we add the three million non-registered people living and working in Bangkok into the equation, the proportion of green space would drop to just 3 square meters per person. Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, the local government of Bangkok, lists nearly 9,000 parks of various categories in the city. But the majority of them are privately owned parks. Only 113 parks are actually accessible to the general public. Since the health and well-being of people in urban cities is closely linked with its state of nature and environment, many major cities throughout the globe are now trying to bring back nature and native wildlife to their people. Many metropolises such as Singapore, Sydney, Frankfurt and New York have already started their own “urban rewilding” projects in order to redesign their urban spaces to better support biodiversity and ecosystems. Guests in this episode are Assoc. Prof. Dr. Panit Pujinda, head of Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, and Siripannee Supratya, a freelance environmental journalist.