19 June 2019
Green Infrastructure to make cities more liveable and sustainable
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has released a Green Infrastructure Position Statement calling on 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,” Mr 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 full position statement can be downloaded by members, industry, government and public here.