(30 August 2013) – The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) recently published a ‘Guide to Multi-Benefit Cohesion Policy Investments in Nature and Green Infrastructure’.
Cohesion policy has been an active partner in helping regions to preserve and ensure the sustainable management of their natural assets. All over the EU, projects in Natura 2000 areas, the restoration of wetlands and floodplains, the development of green corridors and support to information systems for the monitoring of biodiversity were co-funded.
Similar investments will be carried out between 2014 and 2020. In this framework this guide underlines the crucial interconnections which exist between nature, society and the economy. In particular it shows that investments in nature, biodiversity and green infrastructure are relevant for cohesion policy.
Further, it emphasises how investments of the ERDF and Cohesion Fund in nature and green infrastructure can actually contribute to several policy objectives and deliver multiple benefits, in particular socio-economic development. And eventually it assists authorities and stakeholders with practical recommendations to improve the delivery of the co-funded programmes and projects.