Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure (GI) can provide essential benefits to flood management and co-benefits to society and the economy. In a new report published by the European Environment Agency this month, evidence shows that investment in green solutions, such as landscape conservation and restoring for upstream floodplains or wetlands, is more cost-efficient and provides improved infrastructure solutions.

A high level EU Presidency conference on NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS involving leading scientists, politicians and entrepreneurs from around the world convened in Talinn, Estonia last week to share experience on how nature-based innovation and eco-innovative technologies can be implemented in many areas of life. Nature-based solutions (NBS) offer ways of tackling societal challenges such as climate change, water security, food security, human health, and others though sustainable management and use of nature.

EU technical workshop on knowledge base and spatial and technical data for GI and restoration

Operationalisation of information and knowledge currently available on ecosystems and their services in Europe to guide policy decisions on GI and restoration

Draft Agenda

Brussels, BELSPO, 24 & 25 October 2016

24 October

European society faces a range of health and social issues that merit urgent attention. The EU health sector represents 15% of public expenditure and health care costs are expected to increase.

The 2015 edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, will take place from 3 to 5 June at The Egg Conference Centre, Rue Bara, in Brussels. The theme will be nature and biodiversity.

DG Environment has invited ENEP to participate in the third Green Infrastructure Implementation and Restoration Working Group to be hosted by DG Environment on 19th November 2014.  The working group has on its agenda a progress update on Biodiversity Strategy implementation: Green Infrastructure and restoration in its policy context, progress on implementation of Green Infrastructure and restoration in Member Statesand the presentation of a good practice example in GI implementation that has been financed in the context of the INTERREG IV(C) project: GreenInfranet -

Simon Pascoe represented ENEP at the latest European Commission working group on Green Infrastructure. This is the second working group the Commission has hosted is seeking to bring the European Commission (DG Environment officials) together with representatives from the Member States, Industry and Civil Society to discuss the follow up to the 2013 Green Infrastructure strategy.

On 12th December, representatives of the ENEP Biodiversity working group (BioWG), Mike Barker (chair/CIEEM) and Angels Moragues (Vice-Chair/AFIE) held a series of information meetings in Brussels.  The programme was organised and supported by ENEP Brussels representatives Simon Pascoe and Frederick van Mierlo. The group met with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as well as DG Environment and DG Development Cooperation at the European Commission.

During their upcoming meeting on 17 October 2013 in Brussels, Environment Committee members will vote on a report on Biocidal products amending regulation and on a resolution on Green infrastructure - Enhancing Europe's Natural Capital. They will also consider a draft own initiative report on food crisis, fraud in the food chain and the control thereof and will hold an exchange of views with the Deputising EFSA Executive Director Bernhard Url on the functioning of the EFSA health claims authorisation system.

On May 6th 2013 a new EU Green Infrastructure strategy was announced; which will seek to place natural systems such as wetlands, river banks or stone beaches, as the preferred solution for coastal protection or absorption of excess rain water. The strategy marks a distinct change in approach and was celebrated as a ‘Eureka Moment’ by Green Campaigners in Brussels. The EU statement on the matter argued that compared to man-made infrastructure, natural Green Infrastructure is both more durable and cheaper to use.