This questionnaire is part of the PERFECT project (Planning for Environment and Resource eFficiency in European Cities and Towns) which looks at the contribution of green infrastructure to the creation of resilient and prosperous regions, by transferring good practice and expertise across the project partnership.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the project will explore the changes in the use of green infrastructure as a result of the pandemic and various national lockdowns, and the change of perception of the benefits of green infrastructure on people’s health and wellbeing.

If your job involves the planning, provision or maintenance of green infrastructure please consider responding to this survey which explores perspectives on GI and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this survey, when we talk about GI we mean a network of multi-functional green space and other green features, urban and rural, which can deliver quality of life and environmental benefits for communities. It includes parks, open spaces, playing fields, woodlands – and also street trees, allotments, private gardens, green roofs and walls, sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and soils. It includes rivers, streams, canals and other water bodies, sometimes called ‘blue infrastructure’.

Please respond to this survey by 5th November. 

Responding to this survey will not take longer than 4 minutes, thanks in advance.

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* 1. What is your role in the PERFECT project?

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* 2. Which PERFECT partner are you associated with?

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* 3. Please tick the description below that best describes your role (select all that apply)

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* 4. Please tick your professional field. 

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* 5. Do you consider that your job involves the planning, provision or maintenance of green infrastructure?

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* 6. Do you think that improving/or creating green infrastructure is a priority in the work that your organisation does?

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* 7. The following questions relate to the economic impact and viability of green infrastructure in your area. In the table below, please give your answers on a scale of 0=rarely or never, to 5-always or almost always:

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Do you think that the cost of creating and looking after green infrastructure is justified by the benefits it brings? 
Do you think that high quality green infrastructure provides economic benefits to an area?
Do you think that green infrastructure can effectively replace grey infrastructure in certain situations (e.g. hard engineered drainage schemes or similar)? 

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* 8. Good quality green infrastructure can provide many different benefits at once. Which of these benefits do you think green infrastructure can provide? Please give your answers on a scale of 0=unlikely, to 5=very likely:

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Improvements to people's physical health
Improvements to people's mental health
Attracting investment into the area
Reducing overheating in urban areas
Reducing the risk of flooding
Increasing biodiversity
Encouraging active travel
Improving local air quality
Attracting skilled workers to the area
Improving social cohesion
Increasing connectivity for people and nature
Increasing or sustaining tourism
Increasing the number of jobs in an area
Protecting the environment

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* 9. Are there any other benefits that you think can be provided by green infrastructure?

Impact of Covid-19 pandemic and national lockdowns on green infrastructure

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* 10. Has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your perception of the benefits of green infrastructure on people’s health and wellbeing? How?

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* 11. During the Covid-19 pandemic have you noticed a difference in the use of green infrastructure by the general public?

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* 12. If you have noticed an increase or decrease use of green infrastructure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, how has your organisation responded to this?

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* 13. Has the cost of maintaining green infrastructure increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?

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* 14. Do you have any other comments about the changes in use of green infrastructure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Thanks for completing this survey, if you are interested in the work of the PERFECT partnership, here's a link to our website: https://www.interregeurope.eu/perfect/
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