Green Infrastructure Network (GreenInfraNet)

Green Infrastructure Network (GreenInfraNet)

Source of funding

European Commission

Name of client/donor

Province of Flevoland

Topic area

Environmental Financing

Overall project value

EUR 233,226

Date

December 2011 – December 2014

Beneficiary countries

Bulgaria | Cyprus | Hungary | Ireland | Italy | Latvia | Malta | Netherlands | Spain

Number of staff

26

The green infrastructure concept places biodiversity conservation within a broader policy framework in which primary nature conservation objectives can be achieved in closer harmony with other land-use objectives such as agriculture, forestry, recreation and climate change adaptation. Green infrastructure also contributes to a sustainable economy by maintaining ecosystem services and mitigating the adverse effects of transport and energy infrastructure, and of economic development in general.

The GreenInfraNet project was conceived as a response to the challenge of biodiversity conservation in Europe and to the loss of valuable ecosystems and their services. The main goal of the project was to strengthen the development and implementation of green infrastructure in EU regions in close cooperation with other policy measures related to, for example, agriculture, urban development, transport, recreation and climate change adaptation.

GreenInfraNet is a partnership of 11 regions from across Europe. During the project, partners worked together to promote the development and implementation of green infrastructure in EU regions through the exchange of experience and expertise and by identifying, analysing and transferring good practices. The three-year project was launched in April 2012 and was co-funded by the EU programme INTERREG IVC.

Project activities focused on the exchange of expertise, experience and good practices among partners. These activities resulted in four key outputs, which are available on the project website.

  • The online publication Greening Europe, which consolidates the substantive results of project activities.
  • A stakeholder database, to ensure that the relevant target group is reached and to enable future cooperation in the field of green infrastructure.
  • The transfer of good practices among partners in four key areas, as described in the Greening Europe publication (integrating green infrastructure into spatial plans at local level; landscape planning and participatory processes; applying GIS to green infrastructure; and sustainable forest management for green infrastructure).
  • The establishment of the permanent European Network for Green Infrastructure Knowledge and Experience (ENGINE), which will enable green infrastructure stakeholders across Europe to capitalise on project achievements and continue to exchange and transfer experience, expertise and good practices after the end of the project.
  • Awareness raising
  • Capacity building
  • Cooperation
  • Communication and dissemination
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Publishing

Project Publications