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Blue Green Infrastructure

A Roadmap Towards a Blue Green Infrastructure Manual

Blue Green Infrastructure (BGI) has the potential to address global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and water management. However, whilst valuable research on BGI is available, it often remains theoretical in nature which hinders its effective integration into decision support instruments in both policy development and implementation.

In recognition of this, JNCC, Natural Resources Wales, The International Federation of Landscape Architects Europe, BiodivERsA, and Except Integrated Sustainability collaborated to scope the content and structure of a BGI Manual to guide the implementation of current biodiversity and resilience research into the design, construction and maintenance of BGI.

Blue Green Infrastructure

BGI is a defined by the European Commission as a 'strategically planned network of natural and semi-natural areas with other environmental features designed and managed to deliver a wide range of ecosystem service'. BGI is an increasingly popular topic in research and global policy debates, as not only does BGI represent important enhancements of ecosystem services and biodiversity in urban and rural environments, they are also an expression of sustainability centred approaches to urban living and planning.

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The BGI Manual

In order to further understanding of BGI-related scientific knowledge and the application of this knowledge into practice the project conducted four phases of work.

  • A trend analysis to investigate what are the environmental, social, and economic trends that can influence BGI research and development, and the related knowledge transfer, now and in the future.
  • A stakeholder analysis to establish who are the key stakeholders involved in developing BGI, and what barriers and opportunities for knowledge sharing they perceive.
  • Precedent research to understand the best available knowledge and case studies on BGI design, construction and maintenance.
  • Database assembly to determine what data exist in the BGI field, and how these can be structured.

The Manual targets a number of selected groups, namely: policymakers and decision makers in regional and local area development; project managers responsible for delivery of specific strategic infrastructure: designers working on projects at all scales, construction managers; and operatives, maintenance managers and staff.

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Reports

An executive summary provides a summary of the project. The detailed methodology and results are presented in the main report

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