Understanding inclusivity and gender in European urban green infrastructure policies

Authors: Amalia Calderón-Argelich*, ICTA/UAB, Francesc Baró, ICTA/UAB, Isabelle Anguelovski, ICTA/UAB, ICREA, James Conolly, University of British Columbia
Topics: Environmental Justice, Gender, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Urban Green Infrastructure, Equity, Gender, Environmental Justice
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Virtual 38
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Over the last decade, the concept of Ecosystem Services (ES) has been mainstreamed as an interdisciplinary guiding framework in urban sustainability and green infrastructure agendas. However, urban green infrastructure (UGI) and nature-based solutions (NbS) policies are not exempt from trade-offs and potential socio-spatial inequities. There is thus a need to develop a better diagnosis of urban environmental inequalities in the policy and planning practice of ES in order to foster more inclusive, representative and legitimate decision-making processes in cities. More specifically, from a gender equity standpoint, little is known about how women access, perceive and value the ES provided by urban green areas, and whether their actual needs are being recognized and considered in green infrastructure planning and management. While some European cities already include gender plans and policies, this paper assesses the extent to which gender considerations are being transversely incorporated into UGI/NbS policy documents. A policy analysis of strategic greening plans and semi-structured interviews to key stakeholders will be conducted in Barcelona as main case study and will be complemented with further examples from other European cities. This research will provide guidance to cities informing current UGI/NbS management practices and strategies in ways that allow more equitable urban green planning and practice approaches.

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