‘But who’s going to pay for it?’ Contemporary approaches to Green Infrastructure financing, development and governance in London, UK

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Abstract

Green infrastructure (GI) research has grown in prominence as planners, politicians and environmental specialists have promoted its socio-economic and ecological value in urban environments. However, as the pace of growth has continued so has the exploration of how GI can mitigate the impacts of poor air and water quality, promote improved quality of place and support economic prosperity. Unfortunately, investments can be undermined by weak organisational understandings of the financial and societal value of GI. Consequently, we identify a historical reluctance by decision-makers and developers to support GI, partially based on the outdated appreciation of economic-ecological value compared to other built infrastructure. To examine how cities respond this paper discusses GI as a ‘boundary object’ aligning divergent understandings of the ongoing challenges and responsibility for GI funding. Using an examination of public, private and environment sector practice in London (UK), the paper argues that opportunities exist to align alternative funding mechanisms using ‘GI’ to promote cooperation between economically and socio-ecologically focussed stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)628-645
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Environmental Policy & Planning
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2021

Keywords

  • Stakeholders
  • boundary object
  • developers
  • environment
  • financing

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