Policy-makers are now tasked with implementing strategic frameworks which encapsulate holistic and innovative concepts in order to establish resilient social-ecological systems and sustainable urban spaces.
Welcome to the not so concrete jungle: How the EU envisages a greener future
Throughout the European Union, local, regional and national authorities are confronted with a myriad of complex challenges in relation to urban, economic and sustainability concerns. Such pressing issues include the need to ensure biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services. The concept of ‘green infrastructure’ (GI) has come to the fore within policy circles in recent years and is seen as a vital cog within the EU’s continued efforts to attain its conservation, climate & energy targets for 2020 and beyond. We live in an age where menaces to biodiversity, ecosystem services and climate change mitigation and adaptation present a myriad of acute and complex threats to societies across the globe. Cities are now faced with an unprecedented range of complex challenges in terms of urban and economic development along with attempting to address the pressing issues of sustainability, energy security and ensuring a better quality of life for their citizens. Policy-makers are now