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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, 2020The European Nurserystock Association welcomes candidates that want to be active as Implementing Body for Green Cities promotional activities 2021-2023. ENA will follow a strict tender procedure that will close 20 November 2020. Please react via tenders@enaplants.eu

EVENT CALENDER

03.12.2020

The Green City talkshow – incl Green Cities Award 10:30-11:30 Online

Are we already taking into account more space for nature in the design of our towns and villages today? How can governments and the 'green' and 'grey' sectors together take steps to change the collective consciousness? By means of two iconic projects that excel on themes such as climate adaptation, sustainability, nature inclusiveness, biodiversity
03.12.2020

Green Cities Award Ceremony – 11:00 a.m. ONLINE

In July, the best green projects in 7 countries were selected for the Green Cities for a sustainable Europe Award. An international professional jury then assessed these projects and selected the best project. On 3 December, the winning project will be announced in an online talk show. You can follow the award ceremony HERE.
03.12.2020 - 05.12.2020

CDU-Bundesparteitag 2020 Messe Stuttgart

„Grüne Städte für ein nachhaltiges Europa“ wird 2020 auf dem Bundesparteitag der CDU in Stuttgart präsent sein. Dort werden Politiker, Abgeordnete und Parteimitglieder über die Vorzüge und die Möglichkeiten zur Förderung des Stadtgrüns in der eigenen Kommune informiert. „Green Cities for a Sustainable Europe“ will be present at the
10.12.2020

Conférence SIMI, Palais des congrès, à Paris

- - CANCELLED - - Conference in the framework of the exhibition SIMI in Paris, one of the more important professional events for buildings companies, real estate professionals and collectivity. Conférence dans le cadre du SIMI, un des plus importants salon de l’immobilier d’entreprise, pour les professionnels du bâtiment et des collectivités

The positive effect of green living.

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