|M.Sc Student||Eynat Bronshtein|
|Subject||The Attitude of Carmel Coast Residents to Open Spaces -|
Nature Reserves, National Parks and Forests and
Their Implications to Regional
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisors||Mr. Burmil Shmuel|
|Professor Emeritus Nave Zev (Deceased)|
Up-to-now most studies on the attitudes towards open spaces (Nature Reserves, National Parks, and planted forests), focused on visitors to these areas. The focused of this study is the attitudes of residents of an agricultural region in Israel - The region of Carmel Coast Regional Council, to open spaces in their region. The main goals of the study were: 1) to study the attitudes of the residents towards open spaces in their region in general and Nature Reserves, National Parks, and planted forests in particular ; 2) to study the knowledge about and attitudes towards sustainable development; 3) based on the results, to develop guidelines for sustainable development in the region. A field survey based on a written questionnaire was conducted among a representing sample of 120 residents. The main findings are: 1) the majority of the responders are interested in additional areas of planted forests; they show little interest in changing the size of Nature Reserves and National Parks in their region. 2) Although most of the responders were not familiar with the term "sustainable development", the responses to specific questions show preferences for such a development. Some demographic differences between the responders in the survey appear to influence the attitudes. Based on the findings, recommendations for sustainable development of the region are made.