‘Green is quality of life’
This is the title of the Annual Report 2016/2017 of the Bundesverbandes Garten-, Landschafts- und Sportplatzbau e.V. (BGL). In addition to economic figures and facts, the 72-page report provides important information on the manifold tasks of the business association and presents the trends and developments in the green industry.
Annual report UNEP 2017
Unep-Val'hor-Agrica - 1st half of 2018
Business activity of landscaping companies: Strong growth figures continue to prevail After 2017, a year in which landscaping companies registered a record resurgence in business activity, the industry is continuing to grow, in particular thanks to strong public-sector contracts.
The time that green decoration was is over. We are increasingly realizing the value of green for the quality of our environment, biodiversity and the health and well-being of people. Trees take a very important place in this. They absorb carbon dioxide, capture particulate matter, evaporate excess water and bring pleasant coolness during hot days.
Trees are part of our social capital. The benefits increase as a tree grows older. When making development plans, it is important to take account of existing trees and to create the right place for new trees. This cahier gives all sorts of handy tips for this. I heartily recommend it to you.
Egbert Roozen, director of the VHG branch association
Climate guide to act against global warming in the city.
‘The city of tomorrow will be green’
5 solutions recommended by landscape companies to restore nature in the city
5 concrete proposals for decision-makers and tips for daily action against global warming in cities
‘The European Commission has adopted a Temporary Framework to enable Member States to use the full flexibility foreseen under State aid rules to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. Together with many other support measures that can be used by Member States under the existing State aid rules, the Temporary Framework enables Member States to ensure that sufficient liquidity remains available to businesses of all types and to preserve the continuity of economic activity during and after the COVID-19 outbreak.’
Economic Report for the ornamental horticulture roundtable group.
Reaping the fruits of the training in professional practice
The values of green are crystal clear to us by now. We are aware that green plays an important role in the quality of our living environment, biodiversity and human health. The opportunities within the circular economy are also becoming more and more apparent. The green trade is in full swing. We work on green and sustainable solutions.
“We take care for a green and liveable Europe”
At this moment we are facing big challenges in keeping our world liveable. Climate is changing. Heavy rain and drought will lead to all kinds of damage. More and more plants and animals are disappearing. This will affect in the end also our food chain. It is to be expected that in future the majority of people will live in cities. How do we keep cities a sustainable place to live and work in? All this kind of topics are related to greenery. The time that greenery was decoration, is over. Greenery offers important benefits for the quality of our lives.
This report provides an overview of the main EU Research and Innovation (R&I) actions for and with cities, promoted both at the European and international level to foster sustainable urban development.
Today, the European Commission has put forward its proposal for a major recovery plan. To ensure the recovery is sustainable, even, inclusive and fair for all Member States, the European Commission is proposing to create a new recovery instrument, Next Generation EU, embedded within a powerful, modern and revamped long-term EU budget. The Commission has also unveiled its adjusted Work Programme for 2020, which will prioritise the actions needed to propel Europe's recovery and resilience.
PDF EU documents:
Green Cities Fit for Life
The European Commission has long recognised the important role that local authorities play in improving the environment, and their high level of commitment to genuine progress. The European Green Capital Award was conceived as an initiative to promote and reward these efforts, to spur cities to commit to further action, and to showcase and encourage exchange of best practice among European cities.
European Green Capitals
The first European Green Capital was awarded in 2010 and nine cities have been awarded since.
Following the success of the European Green Capital Award, the European Green Leaf Award was established in 2015 to recognise the environmental efforts and achievements of smaller cities (20,000 – 100,000 inhabitants). To date, seven cities have been awarded the title of European Green Leaf
At EWRC 2018 in Brussels, numerous lectures and workshops were held among other sustainable urban planning.
The manual contains no less than 210 pages of information and inspiring examples of green applications and sustainable materials. Not only for private gardens, but also for public spaces, for business parks, schoolyards and gardens around hospitals and care institutions.
In this publication you can read about the economic benefits of greenery and how you can generate income or realize savings using green, using many Dutch examples. Because: Groen Rewards !, we are convinced of that. When the green is used as a solution - think of water retention, improving air quality, preventing degradation of the living environment, stimulating movement, etc. - then green is an investment instead of a cost item. And because green is multifunctional, the costs involved in the design of public green space need not be borne by the green budget, but can be drawn from various portfolios within municipalities (water management, care and welfare, sport and recreation traffic and transport, climate and energy, building and housing, finance and taxes) and beyond.
For example, trees and plants lead to collaboration within municipal departments and between municipalities, developers, construction parties, the health sector, climatologists, urban planners, tree nurseries, large green workers and gardeners. That is profit for all parties involved.
Investing into green infrastructure makes sound economic sense – a single area of land can offer multiple benefits, provided its ecosystems are in a healthy condition. Such healthy ecosystems, which are powered by the diversity of life within them, provide society with a stream of valuable, economically important goods and services such as clean water and air, carbon storage, pollination etc. They also play a central role in fighting climate change impacts by protecting us against floods and other environmental disasters.
The UNEP investigations
‘City in green, city alive: a new model of society’
For its latest survey, conducted in February 2016,
UNEP wanted to know the expectations of the French people about urban greening and their vision of the ideal city of the future ...
Verdict: the city will have to be green !!!
EU Green Week 2020 - Biodiversity
Biodiversity is the variety of life on Earth. This web of living things is the heart of nature, cleaning the water we drink, pollinating our crops, purifying the air we breathe, regulating the climate, keeping our soils fertile, providing us with medicine, and providing many of the basic building blocks for industry.
Yet, we are losing nature like never before
All scientists agree - we are losing nature like never before, in all parts of the world. This loss is closely linked to climate change, and is part of a general ecological crisis. The effects of biodiversity loss are already here and they will get worse if the trend continues.
So why are we losing biodiversity?
Habitat loss, over-exploitation, climate change, pollution and invasive alien species all contribute to biodiversity loss. But the underlying cause is unsustainable human activities. Our demand for new resources is driving deforestation, changing patterns of land use, and destroying natural habitats all around the globe.
In Europe, the main cause of biodiversity loss is land-use change. Farming and forestry practices have become more intensive, with more chemical additives, fewer spaces between fields, and fewer varieties of crops. This lack of variety means far fewer insects, for example, and consequently fewer birds.
Cities and urban areas have also expanded enormously, leaving less room for nature. And when farmland and urban developments leave no room for nature, the result is a loss of biodiversity.
EU Research and Innovation policy agenda for Nature-Based Solutions & Re-Naturing Cities
Final Report of the Horizon 2020 Expert Group on Nature-Based Solutions and Re-Naturing Cities
Advice, Environment, Guidance, Pest, Disease and Pesticides, Trees-09 November 2017
A Union that strives for more. Political guidelines for the next European commission 2019-2024.
The Political Guidelines focus on six headline ambitions for Europe over the next five years and well beyond:
Ursula von der Leyen
Professional rules are the transcription and identification of the know-how of landscape companies. The professional rules are applicable to any actor contributing to the realization and the maintenance of a landscaping.
The professional rules of the landscape are organized in five axes:
An example in PDF format: 'Travaux de plantation des arbres et arbustes'
It is a book filled with inspiration and information for gardeners who want to get started with the greening of schoolyards in their region.
GaLaBau industry data : turnover, businesses, employees ...
Are you protecting yourself from the sun?
Who is responsible, the employer or the employee?
Viher KESY - Kestävän ympäristörakentamisen toimintamalli.
Operating model for environmental construction.
Green City ohjeisto: Terveellinen asuttava kaupunki.
VHG manual The Living Building.
This manual is about green on top of, on and in buildings. It is a book full of inspiring ideas for green buildings, good for people, climate, nature and the economy. Buildings that contribute to an integrated approach to the societal challenges in the field of flooding, heat stress, energy, health, biodiversity and circularity.
The Green Paper contains examples of cooperation between residents, municipalities and green professionals in the realization of (new) urban nature.
The Finnish Association of Landscape Industries is the main organization dealing with urban and rural landscape management in Finland. The goal of the organisation is to develope and promote different areas in the green industry.
Asterès study /UNEP
‘Green spaces are profitable investments for society.’
While more than 8 in 10 French people want to live near a green space, municipalities allocate a budget too limited to green spaces in the city: less than 1% of their annual budget. This study shows that green spaces have a direct influence on the health of citizens, but also on the attractiveness of territories.
Anna Yudina 'How to connect architecture with nature ...'
Anna Yudina discussed the role of designers in integrating nature and architecture. She went into the question of how nature can get more space in our cities. Yudina presented a series of futuristic projects by well-known architects and designers from around the world. She gave examples of hybrid forms of architecture and nature: how designers integrated a river and a park into a residential complex. How you come to habitable forests and horticultural landscapes. And more examples of the inventive way in which architects integrate nature into buildings and the urban environment.
The common thread in her vision is the connection outside with inside. Plants, trees and shrubs are increasingly becoming part of the architecture lexicon. Furthermore, Yudina dealt with the following points.