The Landscape Institute (LI) has launched a new policy paper on a green recovery from COVID-19. The new publication puts landscape at the heart of the UK’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, exploring how we can restart the economy while addressing entrenched health inequalities and tackling the ever-accelerating climate crisis.
Building on the public stimulus announcements made in July 2020 and ahead of the Autumn Statement, the LI urges the UK Government to seize a ‘once-in-a generation chance’ to invest for a truly green recovery. In its new report, Greener Recovery: Delivering a sustainable recovery from COVID-19, the Institute describes what role the landscape sector can play in contributing towards a sustainable economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and what more the government needs to do to enable this.
The new LI paper outlines five principles to guide Government action in advance of its Autumn Statement. To achieve a truly sustainable recovery, the UK should:
- Take a natural capital approach to new infrastructure and housing
- Invest in maintenance and retrofit of existing places
- Set higher and fairer standards for green space
- Invest in natural solutions to climate change
- Create a step-change in green skills, digital, and data