Landscape Institute evidence recognised in House of Commons

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has picked up on evidence submitted by the Landscape Institute in its latest report, "Adapting to Climate Change".

Among the Adapting to Climate Change report's recommendations are the following:

• Government must make adaptation and mitigation more central to the planning system.
• New developments should only be permitted if they are suited to future climates, and support the overall resilience of the built environment.
• The Government must set out the strategic role green infrastructure should play in climate change adaptation.
• The Government should also promote green infrastructure as part of the National Adaptation Programme.
• Government Departments must deliver green infrastructure that supports adaptation and wider policy objectives by working more effectively across departmental boundaries.
• The Government aligns the work of key departments on green infrastructure, and identifies a department to act as a green infrastructure champion.

The report highlights the role green infrastructure has to play in adapting to climate change.

It states:

"Green infrastructure comprises a suite of urban and rural land engineering measures such as sustainable urban drainage, water catchment and storage, porous paving, greater tree cover and more open green spaces.

"Green infrastructure is sustainable and multifunctional. It can help urban environments to cope with some of the extreme effects of climate change, such as flash flooding and urban heat, as well as making urban environments more attractive, healthier and economically competitive. Green infrastructure can also help reduce the environmental impact of urban growth by, for example, promoting biodiversity and the conservation of landscape."

Landscape Institute president Neil Williamson said: "The Landscape Institute has demonstrated the key role of landscape architecture in developing green infrastructure, and I am delighted that the importance of green infrastructure and its role in combating climate change is being recognised by government."

The Landscape Institute produced a position paper on green infrastructure in May 2009.


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