PROJECT: Park Atlantic Parks and Green Areas Sustainable Management Action Plans
CLIENT: The European Union (INTERREG IV) and the city councils Of Limerick, Angers and Pau (France), Santiago De Compostela (Spain) And Vila Nova De Famalicao (Portugal)
Service: In 2012 CSR was appointed to prepare action plans for the sustainable development and management of the parks and green areas of the five Park Atlantic partner cities, with the overall objective of improving citizens’ quality of life.
CSR analysed the parks and green area resources and the management structures of each of the five cites and conducted site visits and interviews with local authority staff to identify best practice in parks and green areas management as well as weaknesses in the cities’ policy and practice. This work was supplemented by research into international practice, and a toolkit of best practice was prepared.
The toolkit addressed policy areas such as green infrastructure, sustainable urban drainage (green streets, green roofs, etc.), urban landscape character and legibility, promotion of good landscape and urban design, the urban forest, urban agriculture, community participation, economic valuation of parks and green areas, resources and funding for development and management, etc.
Collaborating with local authority staff in Ireland, France, Portugal and Spain, CSR evaluated the five cities against the toolkit of best practice to identify requirements and opportunities for improvements in their parks and green areas networks, and in policy and management practice, in the form of detailed action plans.
The action plans were well received in Europe, prompting invitations to speak at conferences in Portugal and France, as well as appointment on subsequent research study into the value of ecosystem services provided by urban green infrastructure.