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Green Infrastructure Symposium

An expert symposium to discuss the potential for a national benchmark for green infrastructure

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 at 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Royal Town Planning Institute, 41 Botolph Lane, London, EC3R 8DL

Green infrastructure (GI) is widely acknowledged as an essential component of liveable and sustainable places. There is a now substantial body of research demonstrating the multiple benefits of GI to urban populations. Despite this evidence base there is still considerable uncertainty as to how GI can best be delivered and maintained in practice.

A research team from the Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments at the University of the West of England (UWE) and the Bristol and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust have been developing a ‘local’ benchmark for GI as part of a knowledge transfer partnership. This aims to create a common understanding of ‘what good GI is’, enable different disciplines and sectors to understand the GI solutions available to them, and show how they can be effectively delivered.

The team are now examining the potential to develop this into a national benchmark, and have been awarded funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to test the market.

As part of this market reserach, they would like to invite RTPI members to an expert symposium to hear your views on the following topics: 

  • What is the demand for a GI benchmark in the built environment sector?
  • What types of GI and corresponding ecosystem services should the benchmark include?
  • What is the most appropriate model to ensure the long-term success of the benchmark?

The format will be a series of brief presentations outlining current findings, followed by discussions on each aspect of the project. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The symposium will be limited to 15 people only. If you would like to register for a place, please email with your name, membership number and any relevant experience you have in green infrastructure.