Formulate urban design framework to drive implementation of sustainable urban planning policies, says Perekabandar

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Urban Design Association (Perekabandar) hopes that urban planning in Kuala Lumpur will be further improved after the tree-collapse incident at Jalan Sultan Ismail last week.

Its president, Professor (B) Dr Suhana Shamsudin, said that formulating an urban design framework will drive the implementation of sustainable urban planning policies.

"This method is necessary to create a city that is resilient and responsive to climate change," she said.

She said that the existence of the trees and plants as biological assets or natural infrastructure in the city is essential for living beings.

"It can help reduce the effects of pollution due to the release of carbon, toxins and so on, in addition to temperature moderation in high-density urban areas.

"Trees also become landmarks that evoke the memory of all residents and visitors, from home and abroad alike," she said in a statement.

Suhana said the 'bird corridor' in the 1984 Structure Plan requires a network of trees and plants to promote urban biodiversity.

She also urged experts in the relevant field to be empowered to ensure the well-being of trees and plants as biological assets for wider sustainable natural infrastructure management.

Previously, it was reported that an uprooted tree hit the KL Monorail track on Jalan Sultan Ismail and damaged several cars causing major traffic congestion.

As a result, a 47-year-old male was killed after the tree fell on his car.

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