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The Identification of Criteria and Indicators to Evaluate Hazardous Street Trees of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: A Delphi Study

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Trees have been playing important roles in our lives for centuries; however, too often, city councils in Malaysia are unaware about the consequences of a tree failure such as property damage and personal injury. Identifying hazardous trees and taking appropriate corrective actions can protect property and save lives. A study was conducted to identify the criteria and indicators needed to identify hazardous street trees in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Delphi method was used in this study to solicit the opinion from the experts through a series of questionnaires. This study generated and identified 6 criteria and 38 indicators that arborist need to evaluate to identify hazardous street trees in Kuala Lumpur. Hopefully the generated criteria and indicators will be an initial step for Malaysian park managers as they implement their hazard tree management programs.
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Keywords: hazard tree management; personal injury; property damage; structural defects

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-10-01

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