Tackling air pollution with green infrastructure

The Mayor of London has launched a guide summarising best practice in using green infrastructure to tackle air pollution. Based on the Greater London Authority's (GLA) own use of trees and hedges to tackle dangerous levels of pollution in the capital, the document illustrates how best to install green infrastructure based on a street's layout. For more details, click here.

Tools to support green infrastructure planning and ecosystem restoration

The report from the European Environment Agency provides methodological guidance to support strategic policy- and decision-making on Green Infrastructure (GI). It reviews a range of Europe-wide data sets, geospatial methods and tools for GI mapping that follow the three key GI principles of connectivity, multifunctionality and spatial planning

Innovative maps for green infrastructure opportunities

An interactive map has been produced to help identify where green infrastructure improvements and investments might be best targeted across London provides a range of open-source maps that can be used to explore the city region's housing, planning, infrastructure, socio-economic and demographic data.

Living roofs and walls - 10 years of urban greening

The report ‘Living roofs and walls - from policy to practice: 10 years of urban greening in London and beyond’ provides a summary of the progress that has been made in mainstreaming green roofs and walls as a response to the challenges facing cities now and in the future. It also updates information about the benefits of green roofs and walls and highlights policy development in London and elsewhere which aim to encourage more urban greening to ensure the urban environment becomes greener, healthier and more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

 

Natural Capital Investment Plan for Greater Manchester

The first Natural Capital Investment Plan for Greater Manchester has been published. The need to establish and implement a Natural Capital Investment Plan to mobilise existing and new sources of funding was a key outcome from the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Green Summit in March 2018. The plan aims to broaden the range of potential sources of investment in natural capital. This is challenging because many different parts of society receive benefits from natural assets without paying for them. However, there are ways in which revenues can be generated, and mechanisms can be developed that attract a wider range of private sector and alternative sources of investment. To move forward developing these, this plan identifies suitable areas of potential investment and which finance models could be used.