AILA has released a Green Infrastructure Position Statement that calls organisations and governments to make significant progress towards improving the sustainability of urban and regional settlements through Green Infrastructure. Check out the full statement.
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The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ (AILA) Green Infrastructure Position Statement calls non-government agencies, industry organisations and governments at all levels to make significant progress towards improving the liveability and sustainability of urban and regional settlements through Green Infrastructure.
Green infrastructures are the strategically planned networks of natural and semi-natural areas in urban and regional settlements that provide environmental, social and economic benefits to society. Governments and the wider community have for centuries relied on urban natures such as parks and public spaces to improve the social and environmental conditions of our built environments.
AILA President Shaun Walsh outlined the role landscape architects and AILA can play in partnership with industry and government to confront today’s challenges presented by global warming, urban migration and environmental decline.
“We require new forms of infrastructure and new approaches to landscape planning and management in our urban and regional settlements,” Walsh said. “Many of our urban environmental and social problems require strategies and interventions that are multidisciplinary and collaborative; crossing jurisdictional boundaries and involving a broad range of stakeholders.
“Green Infrastructure provides a solution to community organisations, property owners and the private to deliver benefits to society. AILA advocates that we will, in partnership with non-government agencies, industry organisations and governments at all levels to make significant progress towards improving the liveability and sustainability of urban and regional settlements by incorporating Green Infrastructure principles in urban and regional policy and planning.
“We believe there is a greater role that the federal government can play in providing leadership on green infrastructure through the City Deals Framework and we will continue to raise awareness and advocate for this.”
The position statement outlines the benefits of Green Infrastructure, AILA’s key objectives of the Green Infrastructure framework and the association’s policy framework.
Contact AILA today via the links below to receive a copy of the full statement.