The regional strategy for green infrastructure is to be established as an informal, planning basis for the further development of green infrastructure in the Ruhr area.
With the GI strategy, the further development of the Ruhr Metropolis into the 'greenest industrial region in Europe' is to be achieved in a participatory development process. The strategy leads to the implementation and (further) development of targeted activities and projects that are supported by all those involved. In doing so, an optimal balance between individual interests and the common good is achieved and a clear added value is achieved for the region. Beyond the regional identity of the residents of the Ruhr Metropolis, 'the greenest industrial region in Europe' is also perceived as such by outsiders.
Green infrastructure connects people, nature and space and stands for a network of near-natural, multifunctional areas and ecosystems.
At the same time, the term includes an integrated planning approach in which actors from various specialist disciplines and institutions work together and jointly develop innovative solutions for complex societal challenges (e.g. climate change, growth and shrinkage processes, land use, species loss, digitization).
The future GI strategy of the Ruhr area...
- ...serves as a narrative of a metropolitan region on the way to a resilient, sustainable, socially fair, livable and climate-adapted region.
- ...names regionally developed and agreed visions and goals for the green infrastructure.
- ...acts as a strategic bracket to promote existing and newly developed 'green' projects, processes and measures in a targeted manner.
- ...offers a stage for initiatives through systematic communication and networking and makes visible existing large and small projects and activities in the region.
- ...offers an opportunity for organized exchange and networking between actors.
- ...consolidates the reputation of the Ruhr Metropolis as a model region for green transformation.
- ...complements existing formal planning.
The GI strategy of the Ruhr Metropolis consists of three sub-products:
- a (spatial-, actor- and field of action - related) analysis of the potential of green infrastructure in the Ruhr Metropolis,
- a "Green Charter" consisting of goals and a mission statement
- and an implementation concept that names operable goals, instruments and measures.
Since the GI strategy is to be developed 'from the region - for the region', the key to a successful development process is the participation and cooperation of all GI-relevant stakeholders in the entire region. For this purpose, different formats are are taking place, which enable both a broad discourse and depth of content.
The GI strategy is intended to achieve the further development of the Metropole Ruhr into the 'greenest industrial region in Europe' in a participatory development process. The strategy leads to the implementation and (further) development of targeted activities and projects that are supported by all stakeholders. Attention is paid to an optimal balance between individual interests and the common good. At the same time, a clear added value for the region is achieved by strengthening the regional identity of the inhabitants of the Metropole Ruhr. In addition, the region is also perceived by outsiders as 'the greenest industrial region in Europe'.