Pieter van den Berk, one of our ambassadors spoke yesterday at the conference on ‘Evidence-based planning for greener cities’ in Paola, Malta. Pieter told the participants how The Green City strives for a more attractive and healthy environment. The Managing director of Van den Berk Nurseries is very proud to be active every day in contributing in making the world and society greener places. In Malta he told about the work and objectives of The Green City an international platform where practice, science and policy about green come together.
The Green City aims to contribute to a better use of ‘green’. This could contribute to solving problems with polluted air and water, preventing social decline and urban decay, and making the city healthier and more attractive. They also want to ensure the economic development of the urban area continues. The Green City strives for innovative spatial planning on local, national and international levels.
The participants of the conference discussed how science and the mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services can inform city planning and policy-making, in order to improve urban quality of life. The conference is organised by the ‘EnRoute’ project of the European Commission in cooperation with the Maltese Presidency of the EU and the Maltese Institute of Applied Sciences, Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology.