Well-planned and functioning green infrastructure helps us maximise the value we get from natural assets. Green infrastructure can include rivers, trees, ponds, parks, and allotments, which provide us with clean air, plentiful water, and an equitable climate.
The Joint Green Infrastructure Strategy (JGIS) has been produced and endorsed by the Combined Authority and the councils of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
With the Combined Authority and the West of England councils having each declared a Climate Emergency, it’s critical we ensure our urban and rural green spaces respond to the ecological crisis. The role of the JGIS is to manage our network of multifunctional urban and rural green space, so it responds to the ongoing ecological emergency.
JGIS’ Action Plan (2020-23) integrates wider activity to meet green infrastructure-related requirements of the Government’s 25-Year Environmental Plan and Environment Bill (2019/21).
The Action Plan identifies West of England priority activities to achieve the JGIS outcomes. Some are joint activities or projects, and others will be delivered by individual partners e.g. councils progressing their local and climate emergency action plans.
A key part of the plan is to develop the region’s Nature Recover Network and its Natural Capital Account. Other requirements include an understanding of ecosystem service, and the fulfilment of Biodiversity Net Gain.