green bremen: Urban green is systemically relevant

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The Bündnis Lebenswerte Stadt - grünes Bremen has written a position paper for the consideration of green infrastructure in economic stimulus programmes.

The Corona pandemic shows how important green spaces, parks and allotment gardens are for people in the city. This is confirmed, among other things, by the recently published Google movement data: In Bremen the time spent in parks and green spaces increased by 76% in April in comparison.

The high esteem in which urban nature and greenery are held in the Corona crisis is also confirmed by a recent Forsa survey conducted by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt. Greenery is system-relevant for an urban society. Green and open spaces make an important contribution to health care, especially in times of crisis, and also help to improve the acceptance of Corona-related restrictions. It is therefore more important than ever to secure and further develop the health-protecting functions of green spaces, parks and allotment gardens.

The urban green in Bremen is threatened in its existence. Currently more than 80 trees in Bremen are damaged or weakened. Bremen's parks and green spaces are suffering from a dramatic renovation backlog and can only fulfil their functions to a limited extent. Climate change and the increased pressure of use, partly as a result of the Corona crisis, are exacerbating the problem. Reducing the deficits and securing the green infrastructure therefore require major efforts, which the state and city of Bremen have so far neglected. For many years, public green spaces in Bremen have been underfunded. Within the framework of the economic stimulus packages of the state and the federal government, it is now necessary to take countermeasures, to reduce the renovation backlog and to make the green infrastructure crisis-proof.

The Alliance Liveable City - Green Bremen considers investments in Bremen's green infrastructure to be necessary to the tune of at least 35 million euros and proposes concrete immediate measures that should be financed from the planned economic stimulus packages. The alliance makes seven concrete proposals for the consideration of urban green spaces in Bremen and Bremerhaven in the forthcoming federal and state economic stimulus programmes to overcome the Corona crisis and its medium to long-term consequences (see also attachment):

1. investment in infrastructure (cycle paths, footpaths, bridges and buildings)
2. investment in trees
3. investment in greenery in grounds and parks
4. investment in concepts, planning, control and coordination
5. investment in equipment
6. Education and training
7. Investment funds for non-public parks and green spaces

The detailed position paper "Urban greenery is systemically relevant - consider green infrastructure (green spaces, parks and allotments) in economic stimulus packages" can be found pdf here (download) (226 KB)



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