The term "Green infrastructure" refers to a network of green spaces that connect ecosystems and helps them function more as nature intended. Green spaces include forests, parks and sports areas, dedicated walking/cycling routes and natural areas, habitats and wetlands. European governments are endorsing the need to develop green infrastructure because it benefits both biodiversity and human wellbeing. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says 40% of the World economy is based directly or indirectly on the use of biological resources and so governments are seeing a value in protecting the natural environment. Thankfully, they have begun to see nature as a public good and an infrastructure as important as transport and energy infrastructure. Click here to learn more about creating Green Infrastructure in Ireland.
Click here to read the Irish government's framework for sustainable development in Ireland. In this document, the government alludes to 'green infrastructure' in a number of instances, but it also refers to the need for social inclusion and an anti-poverty strategy which are also necessary for lasting sustainability.
Click here to check out the development plan or local area plan in your area. What green infrastructure is planned for in your area?
- St. Francis