Urban Green Spaces are critical urban infrastructure – equally important to how our city functions as transport networks, and particularly vital to the wellbeing of our community. Urban greening supports Melbourne’s economy, providing cooling and amenity which supports the pedestrian economy and reduces operating costs for local businesses. Melbourne is encouraging more innovative methods for greening the city, such as green roofs and vertical greening.
Greenprinting is the process of developing a strategy that documents the environmental, economic, and social benefits that trees, parks, and other types of green space provide to communities.
While the analysis of the data from 2011 and 2019 provides initial indications of the positive role of trees, parks, and green spaces in Melbourne CBD, the results are inconclusive and highlight the need for more in-depth research and data. Further investigation is required to establish a clearer understanding of the economic, environmental, and social impacts of green spaces, allowing for informed decision-making and the development of strategies that maximize their potential benefits for the community.
Building upon the findings of this analysis, it is crucial to continue monitoring and documenting the impact of green spaces in Melbourne CBD. Further research should explore additional factors, such as social well-being and health benefits, to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the value of green spaces to the community. These insights should inform urban planning and development strategies, ensuring the preservation, enhancement, and equitable distribution of green spaces throughout the CBD. Collaboration among government agencies, environmental organizations, and community stakeholders is vital to implement policies and initiatives that maximize the benefits of green spaces for the overall sustainability and livability of Melbourne CBD.