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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

New OpenNESS synthesis paper on green infrastructure published

The next chapter of the OpenNESS Ecosystem Services Reference Book has been published. The new Synthesis Paper - generated by OpenNESS members - analyses the concept of Green Infrastructure (GI).

GI is gaining political momentum and has been rapidly introduced in both planning theory and policy, especially in US and Europe. Considering the overall goals of the OpenNESS project and its variety of case studies, it is important to have a clear idea about how the concept can be operationalised in practice, despite its inherent conceptual complexity and ambiguity. Hence, OpenNESS will manage a comprehensive but flexible approach to GI, mainly based on the working definitions used in the European Commission (EC) communication “Green Infrastructure – Enhancing Europe's Natural Capital”, commonly known as EU’s Green Infrastructure Strategy.

Synthesis papers represent an agreed conceptual basis for taking the work of OpenNESS forward. Its content may change over time, as the results of OpenNESS emerge. A final version, incorporating all the material gained throughout the project, will be published at the end of the project life cycle in 2017.

Read the synthesis paper on green infrastructure »

Image: The scales of GI planning