URBAN GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE
'Safe, inclusive, accessible, green, and quality public spaces' is a weighty aim of UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda, and there is a pressing need for a robust understanding of how green urban spaces might be planned, developed and managed to the greatest benefit. This project uses the framing of Green Infrastructure (“an interconnected network of green space that conserves natural ecosystem values and functions and provides associated benefits to human populations.” (Benedict & McMahon (2002)); an increasingly used terminology in academia and practice for green urban spaces.
This 1.5-year project seeks to understand and improve the way in which knowledge is used in decision-making around the implementation and maintenance of urban green infrastructure projects in South Africa and the UK. A major legacy of the work will be an appreciated of any significant knowledge or skills gaps identified by those engaged with decision-making and implementation on the ground.
This project is conducted in collaboration with the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO), a research agency that exists as a collaboration between two local universities and the Gauteng Provincial Government, South Africa