In May 2011, the European Union adopted a Biodiversity Strategy to halt biodiversity loss in Europe by 2020. The strategy is built around six mutually supportive targets which address the main drivers of biodiversity loss. Target 2 aims to ensure that ‘by 2020, ecosystems and their services are maintained and enhanced by establishing Green Infrastructure and restoring at least 15% of degraded ecosystems’.
Responding to this political ambition, as well as the Resource Efficiency roadmap, the European Commission published a new strategy in May 2013 to promote the use of Green Infrastructure across Europe. The strategy aims to create a robust enabling framework in order to promote and facilitate GI projects within existing legal, policy and financial instruments.
This informative brochure on the motivations and implications of investing in Green Infrastructure, broadly defined as a strategically planned network of high quality natural and semi-natural areas with plentiful environmental features.