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15 November 2018

Financing Green Infrastructure after 2020

The concept of Green Infrastructure (GI) is importantly also about prevention: conserving ecologically active areas to provide ecosystem services for the people. Our ability to conserve them very much depends on the various investments in rural and urban areas, and sustainability and biodiversity proofing can  provide useful tools to prevent harmful investments with the use of EU (or other type of) funds and to encourage investments in GI projects. 

Klára Hajdu from CEEweb provided this insight at the conference organised by the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary within the framework of an EU funded project on GI, Natura 2000, landscape and ecosystem services. In her presentation (see in Hungarian) she pointed out to the various available sustainability and biodiversity proofing tools,  calling for the ministry and other stakeholders to integrate the GI  into the programming of the EU funds, and the Hungarian strategic plan under the Common Agricultural Policy for 2021-27.

Integrating GI in the objective setting of the Operational Programmes, requiring bidders to consider GI and nature based solutions in providing public services, including GI into the project selection criteria, integrating GI indicators into the programme and project monitoring, involving also biodiversity experts in the evaluation committees are just a few tools to avoid investments that are harmful to GI in the future cohesion spending.  

Photo: Archive of the Ministry of Agriculture, Hungary