Green infrastructure is 'critical'

The critical importance of green infrastructure in development is to be emphasised through the Landscape Institute's (LI's) latest position statement out for consultation this week.

This statement aims to demonstrate the benefits of green infrastructure in achieving policies on climate change, social cohesion, health and well-being, and economic competitiveness.

The LI's Green Infrastructure Working Group has been developing the statement since August.

From this week until the middle of January, the LI will be consulting on the content of the statement, expected to be published on its website today (19 December).

LI policy committee member Annie Coombs said: "Green infrastructure must be given the same level of priority as the traditional grey infrastructure components of roads, railways, and drainage.

"The establishment of green infrastructure can play a critical role in finding solutions for a wide range of challenges, including economic competitiveness, climate change adaptation and mitigation, social cohesion, human health and well-being, biodiversity enhancement and reconnecting society with the natural environment."

The document is expected to demonstrate to decision makers the critical role landscape architects have to play in the planning, design, implementation and management of green infrastructure.

- Northala Fields won an LI award this year for its "holistic approach to design that addresses social, economic and environmental agendas".

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