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Benefits of Green Infrastructure - WC0807

Description
Main Objectives

The objectives of this research will be develop an account of the status and costs and benefits of investing in green infrastructure, how this can help key decision makers in local and regional government, developers and the voluntary sector to deliver against their priorities and how this can help them encourage and support communities to get involved in the management/involvement of green infrastructure.

There is a considerable body of research – mainly qualitive and case study based which makes the case for the importance of green infrastructure in urban and peri-urban areas. However there is a need to identify more quantative, existing evidence on the costs and benefits of investing in green infrastructure and for this to be presented in a way which aligns to national and local priorities, so that it can be used by national and local decision makers. We would also wish to identify existing evidence on the added benefits to be gained by engaging communities, rather than or in addition to other types of management in realising the benefits of green infrastructure


This will involve:

a) Identifying and pulling together in one place, existing qualitative and quantative evidence on the costs and benefits of green infrastructure in urban and peri-urban areas (including allotments, canals and other inland waters, community woodland and forests, green space around social housing, parks and city farms and community gardens.), aligned to key Government priorities particularly for mitigating and adapting to climate change; promoting regeneration and tackling deprivation; improving mental and physical health and wellbeing, conservation of biodiversity and improving the quality of place. Evidence on the specific benefits of different types of green infrastructure should be considered

b) Identifying and pulling together in one place existing evidence on the status and trends in the provision of green infrastructure (e.g. street trees, waterways, parks, community woodland and gardens, green linear routes)

c) Identifying and pulling together in one place existing evidence on how and why communities should be engaged and empowered to realise those benefits.

d) Consider the feasibility of providing a toolkit for use in appraisal and evaluation of green infrastructure interventions.

Objective
Green Infrastructure
• Developing a practical tool to value the benefits of GI projects
(building on work in the NW - http://www.naturaleconomynorthwest.co.uk/resources+reports.php)
Project Documents
• Final Report : Benefits of green infrastructure - Main report   (1206k)
• Executive Summary : Benefits of green infrastructure   (223k)
• Summary Report : Benefits of green infrastructure - Summary report   (2357k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2009

To: 2010

Cost: £59,720
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Forest Research Station (Alice Holt)
Keywords
Biodiversity              
Environmental Protection              
Habitat conservation              
Nature conservation              
Fields of Study
Wildlife Conservation