The SRI's research focuses on the conservation of GI systems and increasing understanding of the ecosystem values they can provide to our communities.
Green Infrastructure - key areas
Human impact on natural systems is at an all-time high causing global declines in biodiversity and ecosystem health. With predicted increases in populations and urbanisation, this pressure will intensify. An increasingly urbanised world, combined with intensive agriculture, forestry and exploitation of rural landscapes, freshwater and coastal marine ecosystems, has led to numerous environmental impacts associated with the loss of biodiversity.
In order to reverse these trends, it is necessary to understand how these systems function, interdependencies between them, and develop conservation and management strategies in order to build resilience and ensure sustainability.
The recognition of the natural environment as green infrastructure able to support the biodiversity necessary to provide a range of ecosystem services is a key step within this process in terms of understanding and communicating this value.
The SRI carries out research under a range of themes associated with green infrastructure with the aim of supporting this process.