Research 182: Green Infrastructure: A ‘How To’ Guide for Disseminating and Integrating the Concept into Spatial Planning Practice

Authors: Mark Scott, Mick Lennon, Marcus Collier, Karen Foley

Summary: A ‘How To’ Guide for Disseminating and Integrating the Concept into Spatial Planning

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Published: 2016

ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-84095-658-0

Pages: 28

Filesize: 3,182 KB

Format: pdf


Identifying Pressures
Pressures placed on the planet by human activities pose some of the most complex and demanding challenges facing societies and policy-makers across the globe. Observed increases in storm intensity and the challenges faced in seeking to preserve the quality of our environment while advancing socioeconomic development illustrates that Ireland too is subject to such global pressures and thereby shares in the responsibility to address them. In recent years the Irish planning system has been reshaped in response to the challenges posed by these issues. There now exists enormous pressure on planners and allied professionals to respond to such pressing issues when formulating land use plans.

Informing Policy
This document outlines how the ‘green infrastructure’ (GI) concept can help planners and allied professionals respond to the challenges posed by these pressures when formulating spatial plans. The GI concept addresses multiple issues in an environmentally sensitive manner by promoting spatial connectivity and multifunctionality. This document outlines how employing the GI concept enables those working within the planning system to meet a diverse array of complicated objectives that often seem to conflict. It describes how this can be achieved by simply enhancing certain existing work practices to better facilitate a more context sensitive form of planning that supplies a range of mutually reinforcing social, economic and environmental benefits.

Developing Solutions
This document seeks to assist planners and allied professionals involved in the formulation of spatial plans by presenting a ‘How To’ guide on disseminating and integrating the GI concept into spatial planning practice. This centres on the description of an interactive workshop that fosters novel perspectives on spatial policy formulation and new collaborative working arrangements between a range professionals. The materials and instructions for running this workshop are available from and This workshop material forms part of a suite of GI related resources produced and collated in this EPA funded project.


This How to Guide accompanies Research report 188 on Integrating Ecosystem Approaches, Green Infrastructure and Spatial Planning