Periurban Parks

Collserola Park, Barbara Pais.

Today, a majority of city dwellers show growing interest in preserving the environment. In our urban areas, this trend concerns the preservation of “natural” non-urbanised zones located on the outskirts of cities.

For a long time, city and nature, rural and urban worlds ignored  each other, like two opposite poles.

Each urban area that wants to provide its fellow citizens with quality of living must be committed to protecting its nearby natural environment in order to preserve biological diversity.

The periurban park concept emerges from this interaction between urban and rural/natural territory. These areas bring together problems connected to biological diversity, landscape, leisure activities, environmental education and sustainable management of metropolitan areas.

EUROPARC position paper “Periurban Parks, their place in EU policies”

A position paper highlighting the importance of Periurban Parks in a large variety of different EU policies has been launched at the EUROPARC General Assembly 2019. It points out the role Periurban Parks can play in environmental aspects, but also in agriculture, climate, health, urban, sports and culture sectors.

The main aim of the Position Paper is to make policy-makers, authorities on different levels and the general public recognise and appreciate the positive contribution of periurban parks to various aspects of human life and well-being.

Position Paper: Periurban Parks and EU policies

Protecting nature and developing periurban leisure activities

Over 80% of the European population live in urban and periurban areas. Unlike “national parks” located far from densely populated urban areas, designed exclusively for preservation, the natural areas located in periurban zones have a double role: that of hosting a large public, while maintaining biodiversity.

FEDENATUR – the association of Periurban Parks in Europe