International roll call of Green City experts to converge on London

A Dutch mayor who promotes green infrastructure in her city will open the AIPH International Green City Conference in April, joining experts from three continents.

Mayor Annemarie Jorritsma
Mayor Annemarie Jorritsma

The conference theme ‘Growing green and healthy places’ features speakers from three continents who have been deeply involved in greening cities and takes place at One Great George Street in London on April 1.

Mayor Annemarie Jorritsma, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economic Affairs in The Netherlands, has made the greening of Almere a priority for her administration.

The city is planning rapid expansion and Jorritsma will explain how she intends to use Green City concepts as well as the once-a-decade world horticultural bonanza that is the Floriade exhibition in 2022 to help her achieve her goals.

Two speakers are due to attend from China. Monica Kuo from the Chinese Culture University in Taipei will show how theory has been put into practice to bring about real greening change in Asia while deputy general secretary of the China Flower Association and the Eco-culture Association Hongming Peng will give an overview of China’s approach to greening cities.

Dr Anthony Kachenko from Nursery Garden Industry Australia is one of the drivers behind Australia’s ‘202020 Vision’ campaign which aims to have a country with 20 per cent more green space by 2020.

And from the UK Mark Camley, executive director of park and venues at the London Legacy Development Corporation will illustrate how the development and legacy of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park can be used as an international example of city greening for the long term. 

President of the Planning Officers Society Mike Kiely said: "Within the UK Government’s National Planning Policy Framework there is scope to stimulate more green planting within urban areas. I am looking forward to hearing how other countries have made this work and how we can make this happen during these challenging times."

The conference is aimed at landscape architects, green space experts, landscapers, horticurists, planners, local authorities and health authorities. Other topics nclude green planting and public health, domestic gardens, calculating the financial benefit of green planting and the future for the UK’s Green Infrastructure Partnership.

For more information and to book visit the website.

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