Green Infrastructure: from benefits to planning
The increase of urban land use and in general human activities lead to disruptive effects on ecological functionality, environmental services, land naturalness and landscape quality, especially evident in peri-urban areas. Territorial planning and management have to aim at a better coordination among settlement and transport development policies, biodiversity and landscape protection, hydrogeological structure, land use for agricultural and forestry purposes. In this new planning scenario Green Infrastructure (GI) can play a strategic role. The MaGICLandscapes project, to which the Metropolitan City of Turin (CMTo) is taking part, focuses on how to identify, protect and enhance GI for the benefit of the environment and society at transnational, regional and localnlevel. Collaborating with stakeholders, the project aims at providing land-managers, policy makers and communities with tools that help to assess and increase GI functionality. CMTo is testing the methodologies provided by the project in its case study area - Po Hills around Chieri - in order to assess GI functionality, to develop a Public Benefit Assessment Tool that takes over local specific needs and to provide the decision makers with an Action Plan in order to support them to maximize benefits provided from GI within their spatial planning and management process.
green infrastructure, ecological functionality, ecosystem services, landscape planning