AIPH conference to focus on greening old cities

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).

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