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A new suite of web pages presenting the work of the Urban Regeneration & Greenspace Partnership (URGP) has been launched on the Forest Research website.
The URGP works to provide information that supports efforts to maximise the benefits of green infrastructure (GI) to a range of parties from all sectors, including community groups, local authorities, planners, developers, researchers and non-government organisations (NGOs).
The partnership’s objectives are to:
- provide a facility that enables individuals, community groups, local councils and NGOs to promote their greenspace initiatives, events and examples of best practice;
- promote the benefits of greenspace and green infrastructure;
- disseminate best practice, case studies and evidence notes on greenspace establishment and management;
- create a URGP database and a network of research, monitoring and evaluation sites covering local to national spatial scales;
- provide a GI knowledge hub to aid knowledge transfer and the dissemination of evidence of the benefits of GI; and
- provide information about the partners’ specialist activities related to GI.
The URGP will also co-ordinate the delivery of a collaborative research programme by:
- identifying knowledge gaps and research and dissemination priorities;
- developing a common research strategy across all stakeholders; and
- building a collaborative research programme, which also determines the ecosystem services provided by GI.
The URGP web pages, at www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/urgp, provide a hub of knowledge for GI and greenspace. There are sections covering Greenspace in practice, Greenspace initiatives, and Resources, all of which aid knowledge transfer and dissemination of evidence of the benefits of GI and urban greenspaces. The Resources pages, for example, cover best practice guidance, case studies, evidence notes, and toolkits and models.
The URGP has also recently produced two reports on the benefits of green infrastructure. The summary report provides a synthesis of the evidence and a compelling narrative on the benefits of green infrastructure.
The reports are supported by a series of case studies and evidence notes. These documents and reports are available to download from the URGP web pages. The web pages also contain the Benefits of Green Infrastructure Knowledge Portal, a searchable, on-line evidence database containing links or access to more than 500 GI-related documents.
Organisations interested in joining the URGP or being kept in touch with its work and development are invited to contact it on email@example.com.
NOTES TO EDITOR:
- The URGP is designed to help make Britain's towns and cities greener places to live and work. It brings together a range of government departments and agencies, local authorities and community and environmental groups to work in partnership to create, manage and promote sustainable green spaces in towns and cities.
- 'Urban greenspace' describes natural habitats – from street trees to open grassland, heathlands and woodland - in and around towns and cities. Greenspace provides a wide range of social, economic, health and environmental benefits, including the creation of wildlife habitats, noise reduction, sustainable drainage and flood control, cooling of buildings and the built environment, improved air quality, and opportunities for sport and recreation.
- Forest Research is part of the Forestry Commission, the government department for forestry in Britain. It carries out world-class scientific research and technological development relevant to forestry for a range of internal and external clients. For further information visit www.forestry.gov.uk/forestresearch.
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