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

Authors

  • Norhuzailin Hussain
  • Faziawati Abdul Aziz

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21834/e-bpj.v1i2.280

Abstract

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

References

Bratman, G.N., Daily, G.C., Levy, B.J., & Gross, J.J. (2015). The benefits of nature experience: Improved affect and cognition. Landscape and Urban Planning, 138, 41-50.

De Vellis, R.F. (2003). Scale Development: Theory and Applications (2nd ed.). London, Sage Publications Inc.

Forestry Commision Wales. (2009). Woodlands for Wales. Welsh Assembly Government, United Kingdom. ISBN 978-0-7504-5034-8.

Grinde, B., & Patil, G.G. (2009). Biophilia: Does visual contact with nature impact on health and well-being?. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 6, 2332-2342.

Hartig, T. (1993). Nature experience in a transactional perspective. Landscape and Urban Planning, 25, 17-36.

Hussain, N. (2014). Use and experience in two recreational forests in Selangor state, Malaysia: The impact of age, gender and ethnicity. Unpublished PhD Thesis. The University of Sheffield.

Kaplan, R., & Kaplan, S. (1989). The experience of nature: A psychological perspective. New York, Cambridge University Press.

Ling, G. P. 2011. NGOs: No to KLORR, protect Selangor State Park. Selangor Times, Dec 31, 2010-Jan 2, 2011.

Manual Perhutanan. (2003). Jilid i 2005. Jabatan Perhutanan Semenanjung Malaysia. Ampang Press Sdn. Bhd.

O’Brien, E. (2006). Social housing and green space: A case study in Inner London. Forestry, 79, 535-551.

Scopelliti, M. & Vittoria Giuliani, M. (2004). Choosing restorative environments across the lifespan: A matter of place experience. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 24, 693-712.

Ulrich, R.S. (1981). Natural versus urban scemnes: Some psychopsiological effects. Environment and Behavior, 13, 523-556.

Ulrich, R.S. (1993). Biophilia, biophobia, and natural landscapes. In S.R. Kellert & E.O. Wilson (Eds.), The biophilia hypothesis (73-137). USA: Island Press.

Ulrich, R.S. (2008). Biophilic theory and research for healthcare design. In S.R. Kellert, J.H. Heerwagen & M.L. Mador (Eds.), Biophilic design: The theory, science, and practice of bringing buildings to life (pp. 87-106). New Jersey: John Wiley.

Ward Thompson, C., Aspinall, P. & Roe, J. (2014). Acces to green space in disadvanteged urban communities: Evidence of salutogenic effects based on biomarker and self-report measures of wellbeing. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 153, 10-22.

Wilson, E.O. (1993). The Biophilia Hypothesis. In S. R. Kellert & E. O. Wilson (Eds.), Biophilic and the conservation ethic (pp. 31-69). Washington: Island Press.

Published

2016-07-01

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

Issue

Section

Leisure / Recreational / Sports Environment