Project: PERFECT PERFECT is an international green infrastructure partnership led by the TCPA. The PERFECT project (Planning for Environment and Resource eFficiency in European Cities and Towns) started in January 2017; the first phase – the ‘learning’ phase- finished in December 2019, and the second phase – the ‘implementation’ phase – started in January 2020 and will run until December 2021. The purpose of the project is to highlight green infrastructure’s potential contribution in creating resilient and prosperous regions, by transferring good practice and expertise across the project partnership. The project, which his co-funded by Interreg Europe, is being delivered by a partnership of seven municipalities from seven different EU member states, led by the TCPA (see below). The project partners are: Lead Partner – TCPA, UK Partner 2 – Cornwall Council, UK Partner 3 – Social Ascention of Somogy Development, Communication and Education Nonprofit Ltd, Hungary Partner 4 – Provincial Government of Styria, Department for Environment and Spatial Planning, Austria Partner 5 – City of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Partner 6 – Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region, Slovenia Partner 7 – Bratislava Karlova Ves Municipality, Slovakia Partner 8 – Municipality of Ferrara, Italy The exchange of experience Through an extensive programme of workshops, presentations, peer exchanges and study tours partners have learnt about the wealth of indisputable evidence that green infrastructure can help to improve people’s health, build resilience to climate change, and have a positive impact on growth and job creation and retention. Partners have been visiting and research good practices across Europe and exchanging experience in order to identify ways in which they can influence policies so as to increase investment in green infrastructure. Implementation on the ground In early 2020, each partner finalised their ‘Action Plan’, a document which details how the lessons learnt from the co-operation will be exploited to improve a policy instrument within their region in the second phase of the project. The PERFECT website will provide periodic updates on the partners’ progress in delivering against the plans. The final versions of the Action Plans can be viewed here. Resources for practitioners Expert papers The PERFECT expert papers are intended for an audience of policy-makers and practitioners working in local public sector organisations, as well as national and international organisations who are responsible for setting policy frameworks and investment strategies. Expert paper 1: Health, wealth and happiness By Erin Gianferrara and Janine Boshoff, eftec – a paper on the relationship between green infrastructure and health Expert paper 2: Planning for green infrastructure- the green space factor and learning from Europe By Peter Massini, Green Infrastructure, Greater London Authority and Henry Smith, TCPA – a paper tracking tracks the use of the Green Space Factor as a tool to deliver high-quality places in various cities across Europe Expert paper 3: What does good green infrastructure policy look like? By Alister J Scott, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Northumbria, and Max Hislop Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership - a paper on developing a policy assessment tool to assess plans, policies and programmes Expert paper 4: Place-making and green infrastructure By Fiona Howie, Chief Executive, Town and Country Planning Association– a paper on the importance of green infrastructure for the delivery of high-quality places Expert paper 5: Green infrastructure and biodiversity By Zuzana Hudekova, Bratislava Karlova Ves Municipality – a paper on the importance of maximising the biodiversity of green infrastructure Expert paper 6: Investment finance for green infrastructure. By Dr Bruce Howard Director, UK Ecosystems Knowledge Network - a paper which examines the potential for diversification and blending of investment finance for green infrastructure and the challenges and opportunities of this All the expert papers can be found here. Factsheets The PERFECT factsheets aim to make the case for green infrastructure to decision-makers and politicians by bringing together evidence and key statistics from across Europe to demonstrate that investment in high-quality green infrastructure is easily repaid from the benefits that it brings. Factsheet 1: Green infrastructure and health – outlines the health benefits of green infrastructure Factsheet 2: Green infrastructure and biodiversity – highlights the biodiversity benefits of green infrastructure Factsheet 3: Green infrastructure and climate change – explains how green infrastructure can contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation Factsheet 4: Green infrastructure and food – highlights how green infrastructure can contribute to food growing opportunities Factsheet 5: Green roofs – highlights the benefits and opportunities of green roofs Factsheet 6: Green infrastructure glossary - defines key green infrastructure terms and sets out brief summaries of GI actions and interventions that can be undertaken in both urban and rural contexts All the factsheets can be found here. Good practices The PERFECT website contains details of good practices that have been identified by the partners through the project. The good practices can be found here. Read here the special edition on PERFECT in the Town & Country Planning journal. PERFECT (Planning for Environment and Resource eFficiency in European Cities and Towns) is funded by Interreg, an organisation set up to help regional and local governments throughout Europe deliver better policy.