Designing innovative mechanisms to plan, implement, strengthen and manage green infrastructures in (peri)urban areas
The recent lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic have even more highlighted the importance of what EUROPARC has been defending for many years: the value of green (peri)urban spaces for our daily physical and mental wellbeing.
The promotion of healthy ecosystems, green infrastructure and nature-based solutions should be systematically integrated into urban planning, including in public spaces, infrastructure, and the design of buildings and their surroundings.
To bring nature back to cities, the European Commission – in its EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy– calls on European cities of at least 20,000 inhabitants to develop ambitious Urban Greening Plans. These should include measures to create biodiverse and accessible urban forests, parks and gardens; urban farms; green roofs and walls; tree-lined streets; urban meadows; and urban hedges.
To help cities in this ambitious goal, the Commission will set up an EU Urban Greening Platform, under a new ‘Green City Accord’ with cities and mayors. It is in this framework that lays the Life UrbanGreeningPlans. On this page you can find an overview of the project.
How will the Life UrbanGreeningPlans contribute to this process?
- sharing best case studies
- demonstrating innovative actions
- producing guidelines
Who are we?
Between 2021 and 2023, the project is taken forward by 7 partners: 5 representing large dense European metropolis, quite advanced in their greening plans, with large periurban parks in their territories and 2 NGOs, with large experience in Periurban Parks, communication and participatory approaches.
- BRUSSELS: Brussels Environment
- LISBON: Câmara Municipal de Lisboa
- MILAN: Parco Nord Milano
- BARCELONA: Barcelona Metropolitan Area
- ATHENS: Management Authority of Schinias Marathon National Park, Mount. Hymettus and Southeast Attica
- EUROPARC Federation
- Philodassiki Enossi Athinon (Athens)
The project is led by Brussels Environment.