Greening urban areas has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. Which makes sense, since greenery has many advantages for the quality of life for those living in and using these spaces. Additionaly, green spaces are more attractive to residents and will maintain the attractiveness of the area for years to come. As Nature Smart Cities we see opportunities for greener cities everywhere. But many people still think green equals expensive.
So how do you get all stakeholders, like residents, to be part of the process? “To make sure these people participate in the greening of the area they need to be invited to join in the early stages of the process and the focus should be on what benefits a greener living space has for them. That way you remove ‘green’ from its bubble and make it part of their direct experience,” says Wiebke Klemm, project lead of the Nature Smart Cities project in The Hague. A green neighbourhood is not a goal of itself, but a way to increase and maintain the quality of the environment.
The approach mentioned above is an example in which participation can be integrated in greening projects. Though, how do you put this into practice? And what does a successful greening project look like? To help you along with participating in greening urban areas the municipality of The Hague organises the knowledge session “Taking ‘green’ outside the bubble”. This Dutch spoken afternoon is organised in collaboration with Stichting Steenbreek and vakblad Groen.
Date: 7 Februari
Time: 12.30 - 17.00 CET
Price: €99,- for subscribers of vakblad Groen and participants of Stichting Steenbreek, €149,- for non-subscribers and non-participants
Location: The Hague
• 12.30 Entrance
• 13.00 Welcome
• 13.15 – 14.15
Overarching story by Wiebke Klemm of the The Hague municipality (expert Sustainable Living Environment and project lead Nature Smart Cities) on climate adaptation in urban settings in a policy and participation context, focused on the refurbishment of Wijkpark Cromvliet.
Collaboration with residents in a residents panel in the neighbourhood park by Jurienne Hollaar (neighbourhood broker by Coalition Laak).
Reflection from the perspective of Duurzaam Den Haag (Sustainable The Hague) on the collaboration with residents on urban greening by Edwin Cornelissen (lead operation Steenbreek).
• 14.15 – 14.30 Break
• 14.30 – 16.00 Tour through Wijkpark Cromvliet
• 16.00 – 16.30 Drinks and end
The afternoon’s programme is guided by Marcel Bayer.
Interested in joining? Register here.