Green Infrastructure and Post-Disaster Recovery

Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery Briefing Paper 10

By David Rouse, FAICP



Green infrastructure is a network of natural areas and open spaces that provide multiple benefits for people and wildlife, such as regional parks and nature preserves, river corridors and greenways, and wetlands, as well as the urban forest and street plantings at the local level.

This briefing paper shows how green infrastructure plays an important role in preparation for and recovery from natural disasters. By incorporating green infrastructure into post-disaster recovery, communities can become more resilient to future disasters.


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June 1, 2014
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American Planning Association

About the Author

David Rouse, FAICP
David Rouse, FAICP, ASLA is a planner and landscape architect with nearly 40 years of experience, focused on creating healthy, resilient, and sustainable communities. An urban and regional planning consultant, David is committed to connecting professional practice and research to develop practical solutions for 21st century planning and design issues. He is the former Research Director for APA in Washington, DC, where he led the Planning Advisory Service, sponsored research programs, and special initiatives such as the Sustaining Places Comprehensive Plan Standards and Planning for Autonomous Vehicles. Prior to joining APA in 2013, David was a principal at the firm Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) in Philadelphia.