The Green Infrastructure Action Plan for Pollinators in South-east Wales (GIAPP) formed a component of Pollinators for Life, funded by the Welsh Government’s Nature Fund supporting landscape-scale projects to address the decline in biodiversity and provide benefits to the economy and communities through creating the environments that favour the creatures that help to pollinate plants.
The aim of the GIAPP was to produce a long term action plan for publicly-owned land across Monmouthshire, Blaenau-Gwent, Caerphilly and Torfaen, focussing on how public organisations can embed sustainable management principles in their daily activities.
The development of an integrated decision-making process to green infrastructure (GI) management moves forward the current thinking of the profession. The approach, whilst developed for south-east Wales, is versatile and could be rolled out throughout the UK.
The GIAPP places an emphasis on the intrinsic value of pollinators to the public, aiming to provide a more colourful, artistic and functional environment.
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Monmouthshire County Council, Blaenau- Gwent County Borough Council, Caerphilly County Borough Council, Torfaen County Borough Council
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The Green Infrastructure Action Plan was to produce a long term Action Plan for land owned by the public sector and key stakeholders across the four local authority areas of Monmouthshire, Blaenau-Gwent, Caerphilly and Torfaen.
This Action Plan was to be specifically designed to consider how public organisations can embed sustainable management principles in their day to day activity.
Artas-ua.info practice: TACP; clients: Monmouthshire County Council, Blaenau- Gwent County Borough Council, Caerphilly County Borough Council, Torfaen County Borough Council; project manager: Mackley Davies Associates
In order to balance the needs of the individual LAs with the project's wider aims and objectives, a broad but focused approach to GI management was required.
Although complex, this process is articulated through a step-by-step decision-making process involving the identification of GI Type and Land Type, directing users through relevant Action Plans to arrive at targeted Management Actions. A suite of tools aid this process:
- A GIS Database helps those responsible for delivering the Action Plan identify candidate sites and provides an objective evidence base to support specific management actions.
- PEGS helps assess specific sites and guide decision-making on management.
- Case Studies illustrate the application of the GIAPP.
- Graphic, full-colour Guidebooks explain the GIAPP and its relevance to a range of professional and technical staff. Delivered as templates, the LAs can develop and reproduce them as appropriate.
The GIS Database contains approximately 120 relevant baseline and derived datasets. It is used throughout the Action Plan to:
- facilitate the initial identification of a site for further investigation (when taking a strategic approach);
The database is not intended to be a replacement for the knowledge and experience of those working in the area and nor is it intended to replace site visits. Rather, it is intended to bridge the gap between the baseline data and the Green Infrastructure Action Plans providing a data-driven point-of entry into them and an evidence base to support selected actions.