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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 18: The governance and management of public green spaces

Nicole Collomb

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


Good governance and management ensures the many public benefits of green infrastructure are maximised. Historically most publicly accessible parks and green spaces have been publicly owned and managed for the public good. More recently, pressure on public finances and greater community involvement in public services has led to increased private and community sector involvement in public green space governance. This chapter outlines three broad models of governance, with varying degrees of public sector involvement highlighting key issues, advantages and disadvantages of each and some successful examples. It considers how stakeholders can work in partnership to manage public green spaces and how governance can operate at different scales across an area from site based to state wide. The chapter then reviews three key aspects of governance; funding, skills and management approaches, focusing on the impact of current resource challenges and considering future trends, concluding with a summary of the findings.

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