Garden landscaping is no longer just a summertime activity, according to a new report.
The World Bank’s Global Greening Institute (GWI) has released a report looking at the potential benefits of green space for businesses and individuals.
The report found that the world is growing increasingly interested in green space, with many cities and countries around the world increasingly planning green spaces for growth.
The number of green spaces is increasing, but this is due to the need to accommodate large-scale, large-population cities and cities in developing countries, said Gauri Dhar, an expert in sustainability and urban development at GWI.
Gavin Devereux, an executive vice president at the Association of National Parks and Forests, said the report has major implications for green spaces and is one of the most significant environmental sustainability initiatives ever undertaken.
“It is very good to see that this is really taking place and we’re seeing a huge increase in the number of countries investing in green spaces,” Devereaux said.
The study looked at the use of green areas in cities and rural areas, as well as green spaces within industrial zones.
It said green space in cities could create up to 1,600 jobs.
“We are seeing more and more cities and towns looking at green space as a way of increasing their business and their productivity and their energy efficiency,” said Dhar.
It could also reduce emissions by about 1,500 tonnes of CO2 per year by 2020, which would be more than the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from car use.
“There is a lot of potential for cities to be able to produce more and better green spaces than they have today,” said Devereau.
The survey also found that green spaces provide opportunities for people to learn more about the environment and to work together.
The global economy could see an average of more than 100 million green spaces each year by 2030, with about 1.5 million of these within cities, the report said.
Green spaces can help with environmental issues, and provide a green space to connect people, reduce pollution and provide employment.
“Green spaces provide people with the space to be creative, to interact with nature, and to learn about the world around them,” said Rishi Thapa, who is also with GWI as the global sustainability adviser.
“In the developing world, green spaces are a major factor in mitigating climate change and other environmental challenges, and this report highlights the importance of these places in addressing environmental challenges.”
The study was co-authored by Gauri Thapa and Rishi Champa, with the support of the Sustainable Cities Initiative.