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People and Urban Environment: Landscape role in health and wellbeing

Azwar, Dzarul Hardy and Rahmat, Ismail and Mohd Safian, Edie Ezwan (2012): People and Urban Environment: Landscape role in health and wellbeing.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) now defines health not only in terms of disease prevention, but also in terms of environmental quality. For Muslims, the ultimate source of guidance on all questions, including the principle of environmental responsibility, is the Qur’an. It contains the basis for understanding ecological issues, the role of science, the correct way to interact with the environment, and the responsible use of the earth’s resources such trees. Trees in landscape design have a vital role to play in helping to deliver sustainable development and stimulated the quality of life. Exposure to the ultra-violet rays in strong sunlight is known to be the principal cause of skin cancer, and shade from trees can help to reduce the risk. Therefore this paper is to highlight the need for recognition of landscape contributions towards the quality of life in the benefits of green space and trees to public health.

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