Blue/green infrastructure not only represents an ecological value, but can also fulfill multiple other functions, such as sustainable food production, natural water retention, recreation and green lung.
These functions provided by nature, are called ecosystem services:
Valleys in a peri-urban context often serve as hotspots for protected fauna and flora, such as the tree frog, the grass snake or rare orchids.
People building their own living environment, learn more about nature and appreciate it more.
A standard tree orchard or pesticide free community garden provides local sustainable food.
Enhanced water quality is favorable for people, animals and plants.
Green spots not only provide fresh air but also offer a retreat from urban stress.
Attractive green neighbourhoods and green elements between residences increase real estate value.
Naturally meandering streams not only stimulate biodiversity, but also act as water buffers offering protection against flooding during heavy rainfall events.
Working in a beautiful green landscape enhances productivity and well-being.
Green climate-proof environments can help to cope with climate change impacts, such as alternating periods of drought and heavy rain.
Green spots in a peri-urban context can be designed as attractive places to meet people. By connecting these stepping stones, a green network is developed that stimulates cycling, hiking, jogging,...