Spotlight on research: green infrastructure in leading cities, provisioning services of NYC’s urban forest, mapping green infrastructure and evaluating the benefits of green infrastructure
Spotlight on research: green infrastructure in leading cities, provisioning services of NYC’s urban forest, mapping green infrastructure and evaluating the benefits of green infrastructure

A new study examining the use of green infrastructure in 5 communities considered leaders in the field – Singapore, Berlin, Philadelphia, Melbourne and Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city found that all of these geographies face similar challenges regarding the implementation of green infrastructure. In particular, space and cost restraints and barriers for inter-sectional cooperation and stakeholder collaboration were noted. The authors recommend a balanced approach between top-down and bottom-up planning.  They note that all 5 cities have lessons learned in green infrastructure policy, pilot project programs  and incentive programs that can be applied elsewhere.  Read the abstract and purchase the article here.

Provisioning services provided by NYC’s urban forest

Recent research out of the US Forest Service assessed the opportunity for foraging from New York’s urban forest. Results show a substantial supply of provisioning ecosystem services from woody plants in the city.

Read the full study here

Mapping Urban Green Infrastructure: A Novel Landscape-Based Approach to Incorporating Land Use and Land Cover in the Mapping of Human-Dominated Systems

This recently published paper examines the links between urban landscape types, socioeconomic conditions and quantities/qualities of green and blue space. The method developed by the authors can be used in other communities to incorporate social-ecological systems into green infrastructure studies for health and well-being. Read the full article here.

Evaluating the Benefits of Green Infrastructure

A new document from the University of Maryland was released to help smaller local governments to evaluate the benefits of green infrastructure. It details how combining green and gray infrastructure systems allows local governments to lower costs, solve systemic water challenges and enhance a community’s quality of life. Read the paper here.

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