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Horizontal Theme 3 - Equal Opportunities

The United Nations sees community participation as an important tool in its Sustainable Development Goals – particularly Goal 5: Gender Equality, and Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities. Good community engagement is an important element of the GISI. Adhering to best practice will ensure that protected characteristic groups (such as young mothers) which commonly are missed in consultation will be empowered to express their needs. As a result they are more likely to value and use the greenspaces improved as part of the GISI.

There are nine Protected Characteristics specified within the Equality Act 2010:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

Projects are required to be scoped and designed to be as inclusive as possible, to increase participation in training and volunteering opportunities by local people and groups with protected characteristics and ensure that there is equal opportunity to access and participate in greenspaces.





Latest News

Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund Round 2 - open for applications

Round 2 of the Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund is now open for applications and will close on 3 April 2018.

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
Urban Design with Nature Sharing Good Practice Event - 21 February 2018 - Battleby Conference Centre, Perth

Organised by Scottish Natural Heritage in partnership with ERZ Studio, WSP, and Glasgow City Council this free event is for urban planners, designers, architects, landscape architects, developers, contractors, engineers; house builders and social...

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
Associate Feature: Greening the grey - why Scotland needs green infrastructure

Holyrood Magazine has published an article written by our Chairman, Mike Cantlay, setting out the importance of Green Infrastructure and the positive impact it can have on communities.  You can view it ...

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
The Adult Health and Social Care Crisis - Green Infrastructure as part of the solution

Rather than regarding green infrastructure as a burden on hard-pressed public finances, we should embrace it as an important part of an approach to sustainable healthcare, says Ben Williams.

Friday, November 24th, 2017