The European Commission on May 6 announced a strategy to promote green infrastructure throughout the European Union (EU), making it a systematic part of spatial planning. The commission called green infrastructure a “tried and tested” tool.

“Building green infrastructure is often a good investment for nature, for the economy, and for jobs,” said Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik. “We should provide society with solutions that work with nature instead of against it, where that makes economic and environmental sense.”

The strategy will focus on Europe’s primary policy areas, such as agriculture, transport, and land-use policies. Further research and data collection, knowledge sharing, and promoting innovation will also be part of the strategy. Finally, the strategy seeks to improve access to financing for green infrastructure projects through an EU financing facility and will support EU-level green infrastructure projects. The European Commission plans to publish a lessons learned document in 2017. Read the announcement.

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