Green infrastructure campaign launched by CABE

CABE has launched a campaign calling for a shift in spending and focus from grey to green infrastrcuture.

The Grey to Green campaign and report — launched yesterday evening (11 November) — has three key aims.

These are:

  • A green space jobs push as part of the national climate change adaptation strategy.

The Grey to Green report highlights there needs to be a shift in resources within government to support development of the sector, following a drive for ‘green' jobs that has overlooked green space roles and focused on issues such as energy.

  • A green infrastructure task force comprising national experts to set out environmental policy and delivery.
  • Central government to co-ordinate a single, shared national information resource - a form of online atlas - to record in a consistent way the location, quantity, function, type and quality of green spaces.

CABE Space's head of research and futures Ed Hobson said such a map would give "greater transparency" to green space management as it would plot who is responsible for which piece of land.

"We cannot really maximise the possibilities of green infrastructure without knowing this," he explained.

For more on CABE's Grey to Green campaign, see HW on 13 November.


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