Work Package 2:
Green Infrastructure Functionality Assessment
What are the functional values of green infrastructure? What service does green infrastructure provide us with? The objective of work package 2 is to develop and demonstrate green infrastructure assessment methods that gauge connectivity, landscape ecological functions and functioning ecosystem services of certain green infrastructure elements. The communication and facilitating the adoption of those assessment methods by institutions through participatory approaches and training is a major aim of the project, because previous assessment methodologies for functionality have not brought together landscape ecological functions and ecosystem services.
Understanding how the management of areas high in biodiversity affects the surrounding productive/cultural landscapes and vice-versa is vital in prescribing landscape management guidelines. Transnational cooperation between partners working in tandem on specific themes such as fragmentation, land-use pressure, human activities (user pressure) and invasive species explores and demonstrates the use of green infrastructure as a landscape planning concept.
The green infrastructure functionality assessment is carried out on regional/local level in each of the nine case study areas. Associated partners are involved throughout the development and testing phases.
Manual of Green Infrastructure Functionality Assessment - Decision-Support Tool
Based on the experiences, that are gained in the case study areas, a "hands-on" manual of green infrastructure functionality assessment is compiled. The manual is addressing user needs such as identifying land functionality when developing planning policies and provides an approach to evidence collection to support decision-making as well as mirroring the present state of the art in relevant functionality assessment approaches.
Nine pilot actions “Green Infrastructure Functionality and Ecosystem Services Assessment”
In each case study area a pilot action is undertaken testing the assessment methodology developed. The action comprises the location, categorization and evaluation of core areas, stepping stones, nodes, recreation/wildlife corridors, matrix and functionality and ecosystem services.
Maps and data illustrating functionality for each of the partner case study areas
Multi-layered digital maps are created illustrating the functionality of green infrastructure in the nine case study areas in terms of landscape ecological functions (core areas, stepping stones, nodes, wildlife corridors and ecosystem services, land use). The maps identify areas in need of action i.e. those where functions could be in need of enhancement to deliver greater benefit. They are further used within the green infrastructure strategy development in work package 3 and are available to all stakeholders.
Work Package Duration: 06/2018-12/2019
Coordination: University of Vienna, Thomas Wrbka