A multi-sector engagement to create a roadmap for restoring, enhancing and connecting Green Infrastructure for people and nature in a post-industrial landscape.
Funded by the UK Community Renewal Fund (CRF) in Neath Port Talbot County in Wales, researchers at Swansea University brought together over 40 relevant parties from local industry, non-government organisations and regional government.
The day started with defining what green infrastructure meant to each party and listing initiatives and projects already in place concerning the interaction between people and the nature around them. This helped to identify gaps and challenges, and to orient the group towards suggesting solutions. We arranged for a graphic recorder to illustrate the conversations that were taking place around the tables, and his visual summary provided the perfect backdrop to research proposals that will allow the work to continue.
The report we submitted highlighted action gaps around access to nature, biodiversity management and cross-sector communication of activities and shared resources. Alongside the infographic, the team took away a number of practical immediately actionable ideas through to longer term strategic recommendations that might eventually translate to policy.
“Many thanks again for arranging and facilitating such a wonderful workshop – we have had some great feedback from a number of attendees- it accomplished everything that we had hoped for.” – Professor and project lead at Swansea University
“Many thanks to you and your team for running our GI event. I’ve had very positive informal feedback from participants” – Senior UKRI researcher and project manager at Swansea University
“It was a great event, I really enjoyed watching the whole process, it was really interesting!.” – Project coordinator at Swansea University