EKN Event: Building Prosperous Cities – The role of ‘natural capital’ and ‘green infrastructure’
27th September 2016
City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA
A very successful session on natural capital in the metropolis at our natural capital summit showed how forward thinking cities use ecosystem services assessments and integrating findings into city planning to achieve multiple benefits, including improving people’s health. This event, developed by the Ecosystem Knowledge Network, the UK Constructors Group for Biodiversity and innovative city councils, investigated UK towns and cities as powerful drivers and agents of change when it comes to integrating natural capital into decision making.
There remains a strong case for investment in the communications infrastructure and built infrastructure of UK cities for their future prosperity. But what about green infrastructure, the networks of natural features that are crucial for climate change adaptation and the health and well-being of city dwellers? Is green infrastructure fit for purpose for now and the future? If not, what city-scale policies and programmes might improve it? How do we make a more effective case for restoring the natural capital of our cities?
Please visit the EKN website for event information and reports.