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Scoping study to further develop an evidence base for the Green Infrastructure Partnership - WC0809

The Natural Environment White Paper (NEWP) outlined the Government’s commitment to green infrastructure (GI) as an approach to land use which has significant potential in securing a wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits.

GI can provide many social, economic and environmental benefits close to where people live and work, including:-

• Climate change
- Heat amelioration
- Reducing flood risk
- Improving water quality
- Sustainable urban drainage
- Improving air quality

• Health and wellbeing
- Increasing life expectancy and reducing health inequality
- Improving levels of physical activity and health
- Improving psychological health and mental well-being

• Economic growth and investment
- Inward investment and job creation
- Land and property values
- Local economic regeneration

• Land regeneration
- Regeneration of previously developed land
- Improving quality of place
- Increasing environmental quality and aesthetics

• Wildlife and habitats
- Increasing habitat area
- Increasing populations of some protected species
- Increasing species movement

• Stronger communities
- Social interaction, inclusion and cohesion

Commitment 67 of the White Paper outlined the Government’s intention to create a Green Infrastructure Partnership to support the development of GI in England. It is intended that the Partnership will consider how GI can be enhanced to strengthen ecological networks and improve communities’ health, quality of life and resilience to climate change.

Launched on 11 October 2011, the Partnership was established in order to share knowledge, develop and apply good practice and help communities and businesses shape their local environment .

It is intended that the work of the Partnership will help support the Government’s ambition to be the ‘greenest Government ever’
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2012

Cost: £47,200
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Landscape Institute, Town & Country Planning Association