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Southern People & Nature Network (formerly South Downs Green Infrastructure Framework)

Southern People & Nature Network (formerly South Downs Green Infrastructure Framework)

We are currently in the process of refreshing the Southern People & Nature Network (formerly the South Downs Green Infrastructure Framework) so it is in line with the Defra 25 Year Plan, climate change, health and wellbeing and concepts such as biodiversity net gain and nature recovery networks.

Later in 2019 will see the publication of the core principles and the evidence base which has underpinned the development of the network. The refreshed framework involves close working with various partners including Natural England and their National GI Strategy, and across the SE Protected Landscapes.

The March 2016 draft of the South Downs Green Infrastructure Framework remains the current available version.  It incorporates the comments made on the Draft South Downs Green Infrastructure Framework which was circulated for informal consultation by partner authorities in January 2016.

The Framework is supported by a Main Evidence Report (147 pages) that documents the evidence reviewed to support the Framework.

Going forward the people and nature network work will also look to develop spatial delivery of multiple benefits:

  • Green Infrastructure Investment Areas (GIIAs) or network – these will be referenced in the above framework, but we want to develop a strategy with partners/ stakeholders to further develop and deliver.
  • Network delivery – series of current and future projects which will deliver GI benefits. These may or may not be led by SDNPA. A current example is the East Winchester Landscape Study.


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