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Green infrastructure’s contribution to economic growth: a review

Posted on: 15 August 2013
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A report, commissioned by the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and government advisor Natural England, and carried out by the Economics for The Environment Consultancy and Sheffield Hallam University, has been published. The purpose of this report is to assess whether investment in Green Infrastructure (GI) increases economic growth, based on the available evidence. The study took GI to mean a planned approach to the delivery of nature in the city in order to provide benefits to residents. This includes features such as street trees, gardens, green roofs, community forests, parks, rivers, canals and wetlands. Economic growth is defined as an increase in economic activity as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Specifically the research was interested in whether investment in GI increases GDP compared to what would have happened without the investment.

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