The key to better management of landscape value in cities and settlement lies in understanding how integrated green infrastructure planning strategies can enhance overall urban ecosystem functionality, and contribute positive to broader landscape processes affecting air and water quality, energy use and biodiversity.
ECOSYSTEMS SERVICES PROVISION: Green infrastructure approaches enhance urban ecosystem functionality and improve landscape performance at local and regional scales via increasing capacity for provision of ecosystem services.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS OF GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE: Geology, soils, vegetation, water and biodiversity all impact on urban landscape performance potential at local and regional scales, functioning as integrated components of broader landscape processes to deliver ecosystem services—and improving urban landscape connectivity exponentially compounds landscape performance potential.
CULTURAL COMPONENTS OF GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE: Access to and interaction with the natural environment impacts on human physical, social and cultural needs at local and regional scales—and
landscape quality directly impacts on human performance, health and well-being.
CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION: Green infrastructure planning and management approaches within the urban environment enhance the effectiveness of responses to climate change at local and regional scales.