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Building Prosperous Cities: The role of ‘natural capital’ and ‘green infrastructure’

A one day meeting organised by the UK's Ecosystems Knowledge Network
When Sep 27, 2016
from 10:30 AM to 06:00 PM
Where London, UK
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Cities are home to most of the population of the UK.  Prosperous cities aren’t just about economic activity, they also provide access to greenspace, facilitate healthy lifestyles and help us adapt to climate change.

There remains a strong case for investment in the communications infrastructure and built infrastructure of UK cities for their future prosperity.  But what about green infrastructure, the networks of natural features that are crucial for climate change adaptation and the health and well-being of city dwellers?  Is green infrastructure fit for purpose for now and the future?  If not, what city-scale policies and programmes might improve it?  How do we make a more effective case for restoring the natural capital of our cities?

Building Prosperous Cities is a unique opportunity to consider the role of green infrastructure and natural capital in the success of our cities.

The conference will address questions such as:

  • What is the added value of ‘natural capital’ and ‘green infrastructure’ for city-scale planning, design and management?
  • How do we involve urban citizens and secure investment to enhance the green infrastructure required for prosperous cities?


The programme will include:

  • Opening remarks from Rory Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
  • Opening session chaired by Sir Michael Lyons, former CEO of Birmingham City Council
  • Keynote presentations by environmental economist Ian Dickie (eftec) and architect and urban planner Professor Tim Stonor (Space Syntax Ltd, the Bartlett UCL)
  • Case studies from UK cities that have put strategies into practice
  • Sessions on involving urban citizens, investment and measurement of natural capital and green infrastructure

*Early bird ticket sales end 30th June*

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