The EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy requires in its Target 2 that ‘by 2020, ecosystems and their services are maintained and enhanced by establishing green infrastructure and restoring at least 15% of degraded ecosystems’. To assist in developing this target, FACE participated in an EU technical workshop on Green Infrastructure and Restoration in Brussels the 24th and 25th of October.

In 2013, the EU adopted a Green Infrastructure (GI) Strategy, which seeks to set up a physical and functional transboundary network of green infrastructure able to ensure the long-term delivery of essential ecosystem services throughout Europe. Pursuant to this Strategy, GI is defined as a strategically planned network of natural and semi-natural areas with other environmental features designed and managed to deliver a wide range of ecosystem services. It incorporates green spaces (or blue if aquatic ecosystems are concerned) and other physical features in terrestrial (including coastal) and marine areas. On land, GI is present in rural and urban settings.

The main objectives of this workshop were to discuss the current knowledge base as well as spatial and technical data for improving the existing GI mapping systems.

For further information, contact Monia Anane

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