Enhancing Quality of Life: Restorative Experience in Recreational Forests in Selangor, Malaysia


  • Norhuzailin Hussain
  • Faziawati Abdul Aziz




Two recreational forests were selected as case studies: The Ampang and Kanching Recreational Forests. The recreational forests are facing pressure by surrounding developments such as highway and housing. Urban development has implications for the benefits offered by recreational forests, endangered biodiversity, water quality and wildlife to result a place that is no longer enjoyable to visit.  It is important to conserve the recreational forests that can contribute to the urbanites quality of life. Based on the results from the site observations, self-administered questionnaires and in-depth interviews, this paper describes recreational forest users’ experience in the recreational forests and what makes they perceived restored while being in the forest. This study helps the recreational forest management and related organizations in conserving, planning and managing recreational forests in providing a positive experience for users that can enhance Malaysian quality of life.

© 2016. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

Keywords: Health; nature; woman; recreation


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How to Cite

Hussain, N., & Abdul Aziz, F. (2016). Enhancing Quality of Life: Restorative Experience in Recreational Forests in Selangor, Malaysia. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 1(2), 89-95. https://doi.org/10.21834/e-bpj.v1i2.280



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