The International Horticultural Exhibition is one of the few educational and entertaining events able to attract world leaders and decision makers as well as millions of visitors, it is a unique opportunity to strengthen the international image and position of the host city and country.
The International Horticultural Exhibition focuses the economic, social and cultural development objectives of a city or region on a fixed milestone. Horticultural Exhibitions create parks and new, attractive public spaces of recreational value for citizens and tourists.
These Exhibitions can create lasting results that forge new identities for cities and set apart a whole region in the eyes of the world. A Horticultural Exhibition is not only a unique catalyst for urban development, but stimulates private and public investment.
With a mandate agreed by an international convention, we have been approving and regulating International Horticultural Expos, with our partners BIE, since 1960. The approval and monitoring of the progress of every International horticultural exhibition is a key part of our Exhibitions Committee’s role.
In early 2021 AIPH analysed our purpose, objectives, and activities to determine how best we can demonstrate and improve our contribution to sustainability. Following this exercise, AIPH members have approved the overarching AIPH Sustainability Strategy. This strategy sets out how we intend to embed sustainability into all our activities, with a primary focus on the planning and delivery of our horticultural Expos.
There is a responsibility for Horticultural Expos to be planned and staged as sustainably as possible and an opportunity through this approach to impress, inspire and influence millions of people. While we have other important lines of work, especially within our industry, it is through our approved Expos that we can make the most positive contribution to addressing our priority sustainability themes.
Thus, we are continuously supporting our Expo Organisers in their sustainability action. The following documents guide and provide best practices for the Expo Organisers to act towards more sustainable Expos’ design, planning and operation.