The Landscape Institute recently submitted written evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) in response to its inquiry into government progress on climate change adaptation. Central to this response was the LI’s concern that the natural environment, and the ecosystem services it delivers, have not been afforded the importance they deserve.”The government has failed to recognise the vital importance of green infrastructure (GI) in the delivery of essential services upon which daily life in the UK depends,” it says. This view is based upon a recent LI assessment of Defra’s draft strategy which outlines the implementation of government’s new Adaptation Reporting Power. The submission goes on to express concern at the apparent failure of government to fully appreciate the significance of GI, as was demonstrated in the recent Ecotowns Planning Policy Statement. Forthcoming Planning Policy on GI would need to “fully acknowledge the role of planning for GI early, alongside more conventional infrastructure components.”The Landscape Institute would like to thank Annie Coombs FLI, Merrick Denton-Thompson OBE CMLI and Francis Hesketh CMLI for their invaluable contributions to this submission. To view this, and other consultation responses, please click here.The Landscape Institute will shortly be submitting its response to the Communities and Local Government Consultation on Regional Strategies. Although regional tiers of government will be abolished under a potential future Conservative government, it is important that the Landscape Institute responds to this consultation. Should any member wish to contribute, please contact the policy team by email here or telephone: 020 7299 4537.