Landscape planning based on EBPM: Location prioritization of green space management

Hwajin Lim, Yukari Niwa, Manabu Tange

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The participation of various actors and consensus-building are crucial issues for spatial planning and landscape planning. In the green space management of landscape planning, there is a demand for expert viewpoints, discussions between residents and users, and consensus building between various stakeholders. There are also limitations to the management of the entire area. However, the decision on the order of priority is often difficult due to a lack of evidence. This study aims to explore how evidence-based policy making (EBPM) can develop into a decision on the order of priority, in areas in spatial policy and landscape planning. It focuses on the analysis of user activities in the GMS (green matrix system) of Kohoku New Town. From the results, our method regarding EBPM can efficiently be applied to landscape management and planning. We verify how the EBPM process contributes to the creation of local government-led guidelines. Specifically, the methods are: (i) measurement (observational data with location information); (ii) visualization; (iii) extraction of location priority; (iv) sharing with government or citizens; and (v) clarifying the discrepancy between guidelines and actual usage. These steps of EBPM applies to landscape planning, which is not limited to greenways, but also other spatial policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)708-728
Number of pages21
JournalRegional Science Policy and Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun


  • Kohoku Newtown
  • green matrix system
  • landscape planning
  • location priority
  • user activity data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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