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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B53/S21.065

THE ROLE OF GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE IN PROMOTING SOCIETAL HEATH AND WELL-BEING IN THE METROPOLITAN AREA OF CRAIOVA CITY

V.Cristiana, A. Sorin, S. Negreanu
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-19-3 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 5, Vol. 3, 493-500 pp

ABSTRACT
Analyzing the urban spatial structure of Craiova city and the effects generated by the urban sprawl upon the social and natural environment from its metropolitan area by means of soil sealing/ land consuming and taking into consideration the provisions of the UE 2020 biodiversity strategy, the present study asses the opportunity of integrating the green infrastructure into the policy sectors, emphasizing the benefits provided to the social-economic and natural environment, and the possibility to enhance the territorial cohesion. The study outlines the fact that the practices of green infrastructure have effects on the individual and community well-being by improving human health, improving neighborhood aesthetics, reducing the heat island effect, cooling urban areas and improving air quality, and enhancing recreation opportunities that also ncreases the value of property. The green infrastructure approach allows a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the green resources existent in the Craiova metropolitan area in a way that highlights its function and subsequently seeks the mechanisms that safeguard critical natural areas. Starting from the definition of the green infrastructure and the importance to human society, the authors’ aim to achieve the following objectives: identify and classify the green areas, establishing the access of the population to the existent green infrastructure that have the greatest recreational potential and to provide viable proposals for the local administration, that meet the EU’s biodiversity and nature policy under the new 2020 biodiversity strategy.

Keywords: green infrastructure, metropolitan area, natural environment, built-up environment