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Understanding the role of Green Infrastructure (GI) in tackling climate change in today’s World
David idiata

Last modified: 2016-01-04


The physical environment is an important determinant of health influencing the prospects of health in many ways. The influence also encompasses biodiversity and the health of infrastructure. Understanding Green Infrastructure role in tackling climate change means understanding the dynamics of environment, climate change and sustainability which this paper will address the basics. Green infrastructure incorporates both the natural environment and engineered systems to provide clean water, conserve ecosystem values and functions, and provide a wide array of benefits to people and wildlife. Green Infrastructure (GI) promotes multifunctional, connected and green spaces and has a key role to play in delivering climate change policy objectives, tackling harmful emissions and creating sustainable places. CO2 has the highest impact on the climate as observed by scientists among the identified GHG. Hence, reducing CO2 in the environment is key in mitigating climate change. In summary vegetation (cover) might be able to take in more carbon dioxide than is currently modelled. The United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC), highlights two ways of tackling climate change and these are: Mitigation and Adaptation. Mitigation deals with combating the causes of climate change and one way which will be very cost effective is Green Infrastructure by growing vegetation.


Keywords: Green Infrastructure (GI); Climate change; Environment; Sustainability; Photosynthesis; Emission; CO2