Sourced from Climate Control News
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) is calling for the development of a National Green Infrastructure Strategy to be led by the Federal Government.
The strategy, which has the support of more than 30 organisations, will commence with the release of a Green Infrastructure Position Statement in the first quarter of 2019.
As part of the process AILA will be attending The Parliamentary Friendship Group for Better Cities event as one of the 15 supporting member organisations in Canberra on Wednesday, November 28 at Parliament House.
AILA president, Shaun Walsh, said the proposed National Green Infrastructure Strategy (NGIS) acknowledges that nature itself operates as an enabler of more effective systems, providing important ecosystem benefits to city, regional and rural communities.
“A national green infrastructure strategy will assist decision makers at all levels of government and in the private sector to leverage the benefits of incorporating biological greening strategies into the design, construction and management of major infrastructure assets,” he said.
“The Strategy will recognise the economic and social value of protecting and enhancing high value urban landscapes for water management, fresh food production, biodiversity conservation and healthy active living.”
Deploying a National Green Infrastructure Strategy will also combat the impact of heatwaves across cities through urban cooling policies, while well-designed and accessible urban open spaces will reduce the incidence of peak load demand and further contribute to reducing health risks for vulnerable members of the community, such as those with chronic physical and mental illness.
“AILA calls on the government to provide leadership through the department of infrastructure to bring together key stakeholders, state and local governments, industry bodies and community representatives to develop a national green infrastructure strategy to secure the future of our towns and cities,” Walsh said.
Just last week the CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) outlined how carbon research has helped reduce carbon emissions in Australia's built environment through new technology and policy changes.