Work Package 1 - Concepts and Framework for Green Infrastructure Assessment

The first objective of this Work Package is to design a framework for green infrastructure assessment that identifies the specific informational needs regarding green infrastructure at the European, regional and local level and how adopting green infrastructure management approaches support European, territorial and local policies and objectives. This will be achieved by investigating theoretical approaches of green infrastructure assessment towards their success in practical application (state of art) and analyse best-practice examples. Transnational cooperation in the definition of types of green infrastructure assessment will ensure it meets the informational needs of the partner countries. The first output from this Work Package is the Handbook of Conceptual & Theoretical Background, Terms and Definitions.

The second objective is to identify the green infrastructure resource at the transnational scale. The partnership and its associated partners will develop a remote-sensing methodology for transnational assessment of green infrastructure and ground-truth the methodology in selected case study areas across the partnership. The re-integration of experiences & empirical findings will deliver iterative improvement, ensuring validity and that territorially specific needs are recognised in the development process of the transnational assessment methodology. The remote sensing will use the free-of-cost European Copernicus-Sentinel programme for earth observation data collection as well low-cost very high resolution imagery.

The second output will be the Manual for Transnational Green Infrastructure Assessment, including a collection of best-practice examples, digital maps and data of green infrastructure at the transnational scale for each participating region supported by ground-truthing. The result of which will be a Central Europe-wide standard approach to defining green infrastructure and its constituent elements and improved capacities for institutes for conducting green infrastructure assessments and monitoring across borders.

Outputs

Handbook of Conceptual and Theoretical Background for Green Infrastructure Assessment, Terms and Definitions

A handbook will be developed that will illustrate the fundamentals of green infrastructure covering issues such as green infrastructure and its relationship to territorial law/ policies and EU regulations and programmes. It will cover the territorial/international needs for a green infrastructure approach and its contribution to sustainable development and how it can address specific territorial and common challenges. Illustrations will help to present complex facts and relationships in an accessible way.

Manual of Transnational Green Infrastructure Assessment Decision-Support Tool

This tool developed will provide guidance in assessing the structure and types of green infrastructure at the transnational level, aiding decision-making at national/regional in terms of understanding land-use and the existing green infrastructure resource. It will demonstrate the methods used and the results of the individual case study ground-truthing and how these results developed the assessment methodology. It will be the first stop for institutions needing to carry out green infrastructure assessment at the regional scale

Regional Maps of green infrastructure for each of the participating regions

These regional green infrastructure maps developed will illustrate the types and structure of green infrastructure at the regional level and where applicable in inter-regional cross-border landscapes. They will be freely available to all stakeholders and will form the basis for regional green infrastructure intervention and plan/policy development.


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