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Urbanisation and climate change call for new solutions to maintain and improve the quality of life in our cities. Public green space has a positive effect on biodiversity, climate, wellness and air quality. This impact ensures that cities are becoming better places to live and work. ‘Green Cities for a Sustainable Europe´ is a platform that encourages the greening of public spaces by providing innovative ideas, information based on scientific research, and technical expertise. Its activities address certain themes: health, climate, the economy, biodiversity and social cohesion.

ORIGINS

Green Cities for a Sustainable Europe was launched by the ENA (European Nurserystock Association) and nursery organisations in Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, England, France, Germany and The Netherlands.

The project, the message, its goal and activities

In the middle of the current century, 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. Today, many urban areas are already suffering from the negative effects of climate change as well as other negative consequences such as undermined social cohesion. Around 2050 the negative consequences of climate change on living conditions will be dramatic, due to higher temperature, more frequent and excessive rainfall with consequential flooding, more widespread and excessive drought etc.

Parks with trees, shrubs, water basins and recreational areas as well as more extended forest lands surrounding urban centers will mitigate the consequences of climate change in urban areas, heath, weather, biodiversity, health and will also play a positive role in social cohesion.

It is for this reason that the European Nurserystock Association and its members, the nursery stock growers and trader’s national organisations, launched this campaign with the slogan ‘Green Cities for a sustainable Europe’. Seven countries with a collective market share in this sector of over 70% are participating in this programme, whereas many more will benefit.

National and regional governments, city councils and recreational boards are already aware of the dangers of climate change. In many cases, however, there is not enough accessible knowledge or scientific backing available to convince decision-makers that mitigation of the negative consequences of climate change is one of the most crucial issues when developing new housing projects and improving living conditions in existing projects and older cities.

The project ‘Green cities for a sustainable Europe’ aims to help the professionals that play a decisive role in city planning and landscape planning and is not directed to the general public. The project will provide tools and technical background for decision-makers and politicians to communicate this message of green cities for a sustainable Europe to the citizens they serve. The main method will be a series of congresses, seminars and B2B meetings, an extended website, PR activities and the installation of a European Green Cities Award.

The main goal is to increase awareness of this important issue.

In short:

  • Proposing organisation: ENA – European Nurserystock Association, seated in Belgium
  • Target countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom
  • Approval Year: 2017
  • Duration: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2020

EVENT CALENDER

28.08.2019 - 30.08.2019

Garden & Landscape Exhibition Slagelse

The Garden & Landscape Exhibition 28 – 30 August in Slagelse is Scandinavia´s largets trade exhibition for the green industry with more than 11.000 visitors. They are from the municipalities, landscape architets, contrators, real estates, machine stations, landscaping contracors, forrest workers  and others. Read more about Garden & Lan
11.09.2019 - 13.09.2019

Danish Park Days 2019 Sjælland

Danish Park Days 2019 will be located on Frederiksberg in collaboration with the Center for Castles & Gardens, the Danish Palace and Culture Agency and Frederiksberg Municipality. The meeting place is at Josty at Frederiksberg Garden. Friday 13th of September, the professional excursion goes to Bernstorff Castle Gardens, Frederiksborg Palace Ga
08.10.2019

The Green City seminar series Belfast

The Event takes place at the Belfast Connswater Community Greenway startting at 12:30 to 15:30 Agenda 11:00                     Start of tours of the Connswater Greenway 12:30                     Arrival and sign-in                                 Lunch served 13:15      
15.10.2019 - 16.10.2019

Stadtgrün-Kongress “Stadt.Plant.Grün” Berlin

Wenn der Herbst im Oktober Einzug in Berlin hält, wird es an der Spree noch einmal richtig grün: Am Dienstag, 15. Oktober lädt der Bund deutscher Baumschulen (BdB) e.V. im Rahmen seiner EU-Kampagne "Grüne Städte für ein nachhaltiges Europa" zum bundesweiten Stadtgrün-Kongress unter dem Motto "Stadt.Plant.Grün" ein. Im Berliner Spreespeicher
18.10.2019

“Зелени градове за устойчива Европа”, конференция National palace of Culture, Sofia; НДК, гр. София

В края на октомври очаквайте лектори, които ще споделят своя опит в създаването на зелени публични и частни пространства. Какво ни е нужно, за да направим града, в който живеем зелен? Защо е пре

The positive effect of green living.

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