The European Commission has adopted a new strategy to encourage the use of green infrastructure. Through the strategy, the Commissions will work to ensure that the enhancement of natural processes becomes a systematic part of spatial planning

The Commission recognises green infrastructure as a tried and tested tool that uses nature to provide ecological, economic and social benefits. Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: "Building green infrastructure is often a good investment for nature, for the economy and for jobs. We should provide society with solutions that work with nature instead of against it, where that makes economic and environmental sense."

The Commission's new strategy will focus on promoting green infrastructure in the main policy areas such as agriculture, forestry, nature, water, marine and fisheries, climate change mitigation and adaptation, transport, energy, disaster prevention and land use policies. By the end of 2013, the Commission will develop guidance to show how green infrastructure can be integrated into the implementation of these policies from 2014 to 2020.

Working with the European Investment Bank, the Commission will set up an EU financing facility to support green infrastructure projects. It will also look at improving research and data, strengthening the knowledge base and promoting innovative technologies that support green infrastructure.

For more information on the EU strategy on Green Infrastucture, visit the website of the European Commission.

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