The Green Infrastructure Partnership (GIP) has launched a free online database of almost 600 easy-to-digest publications relating to green infrastructure.

The Green Infrastructure Resource Library (GIRL), which includes case studies, web pages, conferences and videos, has been set up as part of an initiative to encourage the uptake of green infrastructure projects throughout the UK and Europe, which are thought to be lagging due to poor understanding among decision-makers and funders.

Although research into the subject has grown exponentially in recent years, information is often disparate or overly technical—making it both unattainable and unpalatable to many key influencers e.g. architects, planners and local authorities.

Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, said:

“London boroughs each play a leading role in shaping local areas and embrace the concept of green infrastructure in developments as they have been proven to offer important environmental, social and health benefits. However, this concept is not universally understood. We hope that the GIRL makes it easier to research the various applications of green infrastructure and incorporate it into proposals for new schemes across the Capital and beyond”.

Julia Thrift, manager of the Green Infrastructure Partnership, said:

“Not only do greener towns and cities attract investment, they are also more resilient to the effects of climate change and are much healthier places to live.

“Interest in green infrastructure is growing rapidly and there has been an exponential increase in research published about its benefits. While this is very welcome, it is now very difficult to keep track of the data. We are publishing the Green Infrastructure Resource Library to help people across the sector find facts and figures that not only argue their case more clearly but also allow them to build better green infrastructure”.

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Notes to Editor

  1. The Green Infrastructure Resource Library was funded by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), as part of its work to promoting the benefits of green infrastructure in the UK (the Green Infrastructure Partnership) and Europe (PERFECT), and is produced by Dr Ingo Schüder of Brillianto: http://www.brillianto.biz
  2. The Green Infrastructure Partnership is a rapidly growing network of more than 1000 members to support the creation, enhancement and promotion of green infrastructure in the UK to improve quality of life, health, ecological diversity, resilience to climate change and economic attractiveness. Website: www.gip-uk.org
  3. Planning for Environment and Resource Efficiency in European Cities and Towns (PERFECT) is an international project funded by Interreg Europe aiming to maximise awareness among policy-makers and decision makers of the multiple benefits of infrastructure for jobs and growth. Website: https://www.interregeurope.eu/perfect/