Support the efforts of the European Commission on implementing the Green Infrastructure Strategy
Following the publication of the European Commission’s (EC) Green Infrastructure Strategy in the form of the EC Communication: Green Infrastructure (GI) — Enhancing Europe’s Natural Capital, in May 2013, ECNC has decided to follow the further process closely and, where possible support the EC in promoting the concept of GI and facilitating its implementation.
Since 2013 ECNC works closely together with CEEweb for Biodiversity on this topic. As a part of this cooperation several very successful joint activities have been implemented:
- An informative booklet on GI: Enriching our society through natural solutions: Why and how to make Green Infrastructure projects a sustainable answer for ecological, social and economic problems? The booklet covers topics such as: components of green infrastructure, what are the issues and opportunities for its delivery, practical exercises for identifying and valuing green infrastructure and its benefits, connection to restoration.
- Series of GI awareness raising and training workshops (e.g. in Hungary, Croatia and Poland).
- The LinkedIn Group European Green Infrastructure Practitioners’ Network was created to further facilitate knowledge and experience exchange on GI across Europe.
- The Green Infrastructure Knowledge Hub was created showcasing GI case studies and best practice examples targeted at specific stakeholders.
- GI Training Manual for Trainers providing both the theoretical background information on GI policy and practice, and the detailed instructions on how to implement a set of practical exercises for identifying and valuing GI elements within a landscape.
Part of ECNC’s work on promoting the GI includes efforts on improved communication and coordination between the NGO community, EC and the Council of Europe (CoE) Group of Experts on Protected Areas and Ecological Networks (GoEPAEN) on the topic of GI. ECNC attends the annual meetings of GoEPAEN and tries to make links between the EU GI policy and the on-going work of the CoE on ecological networks, highlighting possible synergies – to that effect ECNC supported the CoE in preparing an informative brochure which highlights these.
ECNC also actively participates in the work of the European Habitats Forum’s working group on GI and Restoration including their contribution to the work of the EU Working Group on Green Infrastructure Implementation and Restoration (GIIR).