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Green Infrastructure and the Chemical Sciences
29th April @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Green Infrastructure (GI) can be used for removing or reducing the concentration of aquatic pollutants or for managing water flows. It includes sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and constructed wetlands together with parks and woodlands, street trees, green roofs and walls.
Green infrastructure contributes to the protection and enhancement of nature and natural processes by consciously integrating these into spatial planning and development, improving our quality of life and providing environmental benefits. GI dates back to 2013 when two European Commission documents, Green Infrastructure — Enhancing Europe’s Natural Capital (COM(2013) 249) and ‘Building a Green Infrastructure for Europe’ described how social, environmental and biodiversity benefits could flow from using GI to address climate change adaptation and mitigation of its effects.
GI is becoming an increasingly important component of our built environment and often provides a more sustainable outcome to our water management issues than traditional hard-engineered solutions.