Perceptions, Expectations and Preferences of Istanbul Residents Related To Nature And Nature Experıence

Hayır Kanat M., Breuste J.

International Conference ECOSMART, Bucuresti, Romania, 5 - 07 September 2019, pp.30

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Bucuresti
  • Country: Romania
  • Page Numbers: pp.30
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This research focuses on people's perceptions about and expectations from nature and nature experience, and their preferences of nature types. One-on-one face-to-face interviews were conducted with 500 respondents using a paper-pencil survey questionnaire. Our results show that the most frequently cited meaning of nature was fresh air and green space. Overall, the majority of the respondents associated the concept of nature with green areas, coasts and panaroma. Psychological dimension of nature was also mentioned by about one-third of the respondents. The most beloved part of being in the nature reported by the respondents was being away from the city life and work. The respondents had strong preferences for being near water, primarily by seaside. It is concluded that for many people nature and biological components of nature help to recover from the work stress and city hassle. Also, the favorite environments of people living in coastal cities are primarily coastal sides.