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Green infrastructure

Green infrastructure is an integrating concept that introduces nature and biodiversity into the mainstream thinking of politicians, planners and developers. It encompasses all green or (restored) natural elements that can be used in planning and decision making in both rural and urban areas.

The objective is to exploit the many co-benefits of nature conservation and restoration for (sustainable) development through the goods and services which these green infrastructure elements provide. Much research is being carried out to quantify these services and a wealth of practical experience is now being gained about how to best integrate green elements in local and regional planning.

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