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Policy Intervention on Green Infrastructure in Chinese Cities

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The concept of green infrastructure (GI) was first proposed by the United States and gradually developed and applied globally. In China, GI has laid the foundation for green development and related policies, which helped solve the ecological and environmental problems in urban development in China. Many ministries and commissions in China have put forward guidelines related to GI from different professional perspectives and implemented policy intervention in urban planning and development. The relevant policies issued by the Ministry of ecological environment protection and the Ministry of natural resources are more specific and detailed. China’s leader Xi Jinping’s scientific thesis that Green is Gold is the best evidence of GI development in China. China’s Belt and Road strategy and the construction of Xiong’an New Area involve apparent GI policy intervention. However, compared with the top-three global GI systems, China’s GI theory is relatively weak, and the public’s awareness of participation in GI is relatively low. In urban planning, designing, and construction in China, the practical application of GI is limited, especially in conflict with the short-term social and economic interests in urbanisation’s rapid development. Fragmentation and one-sidedness are primary problems in constructing China’s GI. Given these problems, we suggest that China’s GI policy-making should adhere to government-led, encourage multi-party participation, and improve public participation awareness. The goal is to build a perfect GI network and improve the GI service efficiency.

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  • Green infrastructure (GI)
  • Chinese cities
  • Policy
  • Green development
  • Sustainable development

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Zhou, J., Chu, Q., Wang, H., Tang, Y. (2022). Policy Intervention on Green Infrastructure in Chinese Cities. In: Cheshmehzangi, A. (eds) Green Infrastructure in Chinese Cities. Urban Sustainability. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-9174-4_2

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