Stakeholder Dialogue Forum partnering up for greener cities: How public can work with private

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Urban green infrastructure decision-makers, researchers and private sector stakeholders will come together to explore local government strategies of partnering with private sector actors to lead urban development down a greener path. This Stakeholder Dialogue Forum is the second in a series of these events organised by the GREEN SURGE project.

GREEN SURGE will identify, develop and test ways of linking green spaces, biodiversity, people and the green economy in order to meet the major urban challenges related to land use conflicts, climate change adaptation, demographic changes, and human health and wellbeing. It will provide a sound evidence base for urban green infrastructure planning and implementation, exploring the potential for innovation in better linking environmental, social and economic ecosystem services with local communities.

At the first Stakeholder Dialogue Forum in Brussels in September 2015, urban green infrastructure practitioners from Edinburgh, Utrecht, Milan and Berlin shared the strategies and solutions they employed for and with citizens to change their cities for the greener. GREEN SURGE complemented the case studies with research insights into citizen engagement, multifunctionality and social inclusion in urban GI planning.

The second Stakeholder Dialogue Forum will be held in Bizkaia Aretoa, Bilbao (Spain) from 14:00 to 18:00 on 26 April 2016. The GREEN SURGE project is a collaborative project between 24 partners in 11 countries. It is funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).