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Why Is Green Infrastructure Planning Important?

While urban planners are wary of green infrastructure planning, they’re aware of its advantages. However, you can achieve green infrastructure effortlessly through existing planning processes.
 

What’s Green Infrastructure Planning?  

 

Essentially, green infrastructure is the networks of open spaces that offer advantages to people in a given area. In other words, it includes allotments, woodlands, cycleways, ponds, street trees, rivers, footpaths, playing fields, and coastal habitats.

Water-related features are also known as blue infrastructures, but these are all included in the overarching phrase ‘green infrastructure’.

The features offer habitats for wildlife, areas for education and recreation, and flood defence – or can work to soak up air pollution.

 

The Green Infrastructure Approach

 

This term means that green infrastructure assets should be safeguarded and improved to help maintain the lives we lead. It’s vital to link green infrastructure assets, so they become part of a broader network to combat global warming and other issues.

Offering new green infrastructure planning is an excellent alternative to grey infrastructure, which, instead, relies on engineered structures using hard materials like concrete. That said, green infrastructure is a lot more versatile, often offering the extra advantage of conservation in addition to cycle routes and flood relief.

You’ll need to plan for the future to deliver the green infrastructure approach effectively.

 

The Importance of Green Infrastructure Planning 

 

The main benefit of green infrastructure is that it helps provide services for people and society. Obviously, without these services, we wouldn’t be able to lead the lives we do.

To survive, we need to manage and protect our environment. Our actions have caused contaminated land, water, and air, loss of wildlife, and led to our landscapes degrading at a formidable rate. This drastically restricts the environment’s ability to offer these services.

The green infrastructure approach encourages strengthening and understanding, so we understand the capability of green infrastructure features in terms of providing ecosystem services.

Not only does green infrastructure planning offer benefits to our society, but it also takes into account that the human race is part of a wider bionetwork – in which conserving it is crucial.
 

Ecosystem Services

 

Our natural environment delivers services to society and citizens in several ways, including:

  • Controlling our atmosphere naturally and free of charge by purifying water, regulating air quality, the climate, erosion, disease, pests, contamination, and pollination.
  • Supporting soil formation, photosynthesis, together with water cycling, and nutrients.
  • Supporting our culture and economy by delivering provisions, such as food, fuel, natural medicines, pharmaceuticals, fibre, genetic resources, and freshwater support.
  • Improving our quality of life through non-material ecosystems, such as education, spiritual enrichment, reflection, recreation, aesthetic experiences, and cognitive development.

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We’re one of the few consultancies offering green infrastructure planning and advice. And now, we’re recognised globally for our revolutionary approach to integrating it into the planning process. Need some help? Don’t hesitate to drop us a line at info@lgluk.com.

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