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11.04.2011 / News - EU Level

Green Infrastructure Conference

Summary and outcomes of the Green Infrastructure Conference in Brussels, Autumn 2010

The Green Infrastructure conference held in Brussels on 19 November 2010 was a major step forward in implementing a Green Infrastructure strategy in the European Union, which should be seen as a central instrument for achieving Europe`s environmental targets, especially the 2020 biodiversity target. The aim of this event was a great exchange of knowledge of and experience with   green infrastructure projects and its benefits for human and ecosystems.
Summarizing the conference it could be found out that a good knowledge of Green Infrastructure exists and many projects have been implemented on the ground. There is a clear need to ensure the health of ecosystems and the services they provide and to move from grey to green infrastructure by taking into account socio-economic factors. In order to maximize the multi-benefits, long-term commitment is needed in spatial scale and across time. Stakeholder involvement, integration into other sectoral policies, as well as good management practices, are of great importance. There is also a clear need to come up with guidelines for implementation as well as indicators to measure progress. Financing will be one of the key issues to achieve these goals and needs to be addressed. It was concluded that existing financing should be used more effectively while considering innovative financing mechanisms and the future role of the private sector. More effort should also be put into communication, stakeholder relations and awareness raising activities. The concept will need a clear follow-up plan and development of European level policy.
Although this conference has been very successful many issues need further discussion and defining. The outcome of the EC process will be a policy document on Green Infrastructure by the end of the year 2011.

Find more information on the outcomes of the conference here:
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/ecosystems/green_infrastructure.htm