Green Infrastructure - Outcomes and Horizontal Themes

Our vision is that greenspaces in Scotland are multifunctional, providing improved benefits for communities, helping us adapt to and mitigate climate change, increasing biodiversity, improving our air quality, managing surface water runoff and reducing flooding. Green infrastructure close to where people live provides economic, health and recreational benefits and enhances their quality of life. More people use greenspace for healthy activities and more people say that the greenspace meets their needs.

Our vision naturally makes a commitment to nature too, and we strongly encourage activities and approaches which will benefit nature on the sites being transformed.

Communities have increased confidence from improvements in the quality of their local environment and their sense of place. Everyone within communities feels confident and empowered to use their greenspace and to be involved in, or influence, its management. Enjoying the outdoors has become a much more common activity and is part of our culture and identity. People have increased opportunities to experience and value nature.

Our vision will be achieved through our funded projects, which contribute towards five outcomes and the following horizontal themes:

ERDF Horizontal Themes

The ERDF 2014-2020 programme has three Horizontal Themes which cut across all the activity it funds. The GISI aims to deliver towards these as an integral part of all its funded projects, and their cumulative impact.

Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is described by the European Commission as “specific actions to take into account environmental protection requirements, resource efficiency, climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster resilience and risk prevention and management”

This theme is particularly relevant to the ERDF Thematic Objective that the Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention sits within – Objective 6: Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency.

In addition to projects which specifically focus on sustainable development, all projects should consider the impact their activities will have on sustainable development. In your application you will be asked to consider the impact your project may have on environmental protection requirements, resource efficiency, climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster resilience and risk prevention and management, and identify potential mitigating and net-positive actions which will be undertaken during the delivery of the project.

Equal Opportunities and Non-Discrimination

The European Commission describes Equal Opportunities and Non-Discrimination as taking…”appropriate steps to prevent any discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation during the preparation and implementation of programmes. In particular, accessibility for persons with disabilities shall be taken into account throughout the preparation and implementation of programmes”.

All projects should demonstrate that they have considered the impact of the supported activities on groups with protected characteristics under the Equalities Acts and ensure that their application includes a description of specific actions they intend to take to actively prevent discrimination.

Applicants should design their project to take account of the needs of the groups at risk of discrimination, and in particular the requirements for ensuring accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Equality Between Men and Women

The principle of Equality between Men and Women is outlined by the European Commission as ensuring that “…equality between men and women and the integration of gender perspective are taken into account and promoted throughout the preparation and implementation of programmes, including in relation to monitoring, reporting and evaluation.”

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