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TCPA to take on cross-sector Green Infrastructure Partnership

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Published by Nneka Opara for TCPA in Environment

Thursday 13th March 2014

Britain’s oldest environmental charity, the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), is delighted to announce that it will be taking on co-ordination of the Green Infrastructure Partnership (GIP), a network of over 320 organisations and individuals, from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). This unique cross-sector Partnership was established following the Natural Environment White Paper in October 2011 to enhance the development of green infrastructure in England.

Lord de Mauley, Environment Minister at Defra, who announced the handover today at a GIP members’ event in London, said:

“It’s great that the TCPA have taken the reins on this important initiative. The Green Infrastructure Partnership is a real success story and a great example of what can be achieved when like-minded people get together to work towards a shared goal.

“Integrating green infrastructure across the country is really important, it directly helps us strengthen economic growth and ecological networks, improves communities’ health, quality of life and provides resilience to climate change.”

 The TCPA was founded in the late 19th century by Ebenezer Howard, the originator of the garden city movement and one of the founders of the English planning system. The TCPA has a long standing track record in promoting green spaces and cross-sector working.

Diane Smith, Interim Chief Executive of the TCPA, said:

“The early pioneers of the Garden City Movement understood that high quality green spaces are vital to the resilience of our communities and to people’s health and wellbeing. For over 100 years the TCPA has promoted the wide-ranging social, economic and environmental benefits of green infrastructure – long before the term was invented.   This is why the TCPA is delighted to be taking on co-ordination of the Green Infrastructure Partnership, which now boasts over 300 organisation and individual members.

The Green Infrastructure Partnership is a powerful testimony to cross-sector working, effective knowledge sharing and building consensus. The TCPA will continue to support the Partnership’s central role in raising awareness, developing quality evidence and promoting best practice.”

The TCPA and Defra will maintain regular contact to ensure that the knowledge and learning from the green infrastructure partnership remains available to ministers and policy makers.

The TCPA is taking on the GIP with no funding and is actively seeing sponsorship from a wide range of organisations in order to keep membership of the partnership free of charge.

There will be a new website for the Green Infrastructure Partnership going live in due course: www.gip-uk.org

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