Economic Report for the ornamental horticulture roundtable group.
Reaping the fruits of the training in professional practice
The values of green are crystal clear to us by now. We are aware that green plays an important role in the quality of our living environment, biodiversity and human health. The opportunities within the circular economy are also becoming more and more apparent. The green trade is in full swing. We work on green and sustainable solutions.
“We take care for a green and liveable Europe”
At this moment we are facing big challenges in keeping our world liveable. Climate is changing. Heavy rain and drought will lead to all kinds of damage. More and more plants and animals are disappearing. This will affect in the end also our food chain. It is to be expected that in future the majority of people will live in cities. How do we keep cities a sustainable place to live and work in? All this kind of topics are related to greenery. The time that greenery was decoration, is over. Greenery offers important benefits for the quality of our lives.
This report provides an overview of the main EU Research and Innovation (R&I) actions for and with cities, promoted both at the European and international level to foster sustainable urban development.
Green Cities Fit for Life
The European Commission has long recognised the important role that local authorities play in improving the environment, and their high level of commitment to genuine progress. The European Green Capital Award was conceived as an initiative to promote and reward these efforts, to spur cities to commit to further action, and to showcase and encourage exchange of best practice among European cities.
European Green Capitals
The first European Green Capital was awarded in 2010 and nine cities have been awarded since.
Following the success of the European Green Capital Award, the European Green Leaf Award was established in 2015 to recognise the environmental efforts and achievements of smaller cities (20,000 – 100,000 inhabitants). To date, seven cities have been awarded the title of European Green Leaf
At EWRC 2018 in Brussels, numerous lectures and workshops were held among other sustainable urban planning.