The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) invites all those with an interest in greening cities to its next International Green City Conference to take place in Padova, Italy on 19 September 2018. This includes city decision makers, planners, landscape architects and horticulturists.
It is one thing to build green space into a city masterplan, but it is something altogether different when the city is already there and the green space is not! Many cities in Europe need to be made greener, but how do you do this and why does it matter?
The AIPH International Green City Conference, ‘New Greening in Old Cities’, will focus on how to retrofit cities with living green, the plants to use and how this will benefit the health of citizens and environmental biodiversity.
Speakers will include landscape expert, Professor Valerio Morabito from Pennsylvania University, USA, who will talk about how heritage cities in Italy are rising to the challenge of greening. Professor Paolo Semenzato from University of Padova will speak about how green infrastructure improves the health of citizens. Dr. Maria Yeroyanni from the European Commission will outline how the EU is supporting city greening and future plans and Dr. Chiara Catalano from Zurich University of Applied Sciences will demonstrate how city greening increases urban biodiversity.
AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe said: “I am pleased that we can continue our great programme of Green City conferences with this event in Padova. The line up of speakers is top quality and this event provides the perfect opportunity to influence city decision makers to focus more on living green. As an added benefit for people from the horticulture industry they can include it within a visit to Flormart and join other aspects of the AIPH Congress as they wish.”
The conference will take place during the 70th AIPH Annual Congress and within the AIPH-approved Flormart trade fair. The event is supported by Flormart and the Italian Nursery Stock Exporters Association (ANVE).
For further details on the Annual Congress visit www.aiph.org/events/padova/ and please register by 10th August.
Wednesday 19th September
AIPH International Green City Conference
New Greening in Old Cities
It is one thing to build green space into a city masterplan but it is something altogether different when the city is already there and the green space is not! Many cities in Europe need to be made greener but how do you do this and why does it matter? The AIPH International Green City Conference, New Greening in Old Cities, will focus on how to retrofit cities with living green, the plants to use and how this will benefit the health of citizens and environmental biodiversity.
09:00 Welcome speeches – including Ms. Karen Tambayong (AIPH Green City Committee Chair)
09:20 Making Italian Cities Greener – Prof. Valerio Morabito, Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria and at the Pennsylvania University, USA
How heritage cities in Italy are rising to the challenge of greening. Using examples from cities across Italy this talk will show the latest thinking and innovation in the use of living green in Italy and what this means for the future of Italian cities.
Green Infrastructure and Health – Prof. Paolo Semenzato, University of Padova, Italy
Making a city greener makes its citizens healthier. Prof. Semenzato will review the way that green infrastructure improves health and what needs to be done to make older cities healthier through greening.
10:30 Discussion and questions
11:15 Greening European Cities – Dr. Maria Yeroyanni, Senior Expert, European Commission.
EU policy direction on city development, specifically in relation to city greening. EU initiatives to promote greening, projects they are currently supporting and opportunities for the future.
11:45 Greening Buildings on the Inside – Prof. Dr. Bert van Duijn from Fytagoras BV, the Netherlands
For most people city life happens inside buildings rather than outside. Bert van Duijn is working on projects with Wageningen University, for Royal FloraHolland. This talk will demonstrate the importance of greening the inside of buildings and novel solutions for interior greening.
12:15 Increasing Urban Biodiversity through Greening – Dr. Chiara Catalano, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, ZHAW Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR), Switzerland.
In contrast to the grey, lifeless appearance of many cities they can be made vibrant centres of biodiversity. Dr. Catalano will show how careful plant selection and the planned use of greening techniques, including green roofs, can enhance urban biodiversity making cities better for all living organisms.
AIPH Green City Conference – €300
Green City Conference, coffee breaks x 2 and lunch – Wednesday 19th September
Tour of the Botanical Gardens
Dinner at Flormart
Green City Conference only (Wednesday half day) – €150
Green City Conference, coffee breaks x2 and lunch – Wednesday 19th September