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Handbook on Green Infrastructure

Handbook on Green Infrastructure

Planning, Design and Implementation

Edited by Danielle Sinnett, Nicholas Smith and Sarah Burgess

Green infrastructure is widely recognised as a valuable resource in our towns and cities and it is therefore crucial to understand, create, protect and manage this resource. This Handbook sets the context for green infrastructure as a means to make urban environments more resilient, sustainable, liveable and equitable. It then provides a comprehensive and authoritative account for those seeking to achieve sustainable green infrastructure in urban environments of how to plan, design and implement green infrastructure at different spatial scales.

Chapter 9: Planning green infrastructure from a landscape perspective

Carla Gonçalves and Paulo Silva

Subjects: environment, environmental management, environmental politics and policy, urban and regional studies, urban studies


This chapter investigates the relation between green infrastructures and urban territories in contexts in which landscape had suffered recent and sudden changes. Taking the example of Portugal, the methodology applied uses the European Landscape Convention’s concepts to discuss how landscapes can be perceived and how spatial planning tools can integrate these new concepts. In order to discuss this, information about the recent revision of a land-use plan in the western coast of Portugal, the municipality of Óbidos is provided. The chapter suggests that new opportunities, but also new challenges, exist in terms of integrating new landscape concepts and new spatial planning paradigms. This implies also the search of new meanings for green infrastructure.

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