Green cities for Sustainable Europe Conference in Bulgaria

On 18th October, an international conference „Green Cities for Sustainable Europe” presents the latest trends in greening cities – foremost global experience and Bulgaria’s challenges with a highlight on the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. Organized by BAOPN, the Bulgarian Association of Ornamental Plants Nurseries, in partnership with the Dutch Embassy in Sofia, the conference is part of the pan-European campaign “Green cities for Sustainable Europe” launched by organizations from seven countries in 2018.

2nd edition of the Green City conference with support of the Dutch Embassy in Bulgaria

Dutch Ambassador Bea ten Tusscher and Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Agriculture Chavdar Marinov will address the event. At a special ceremony, both will plant the first bulbs of Serdika, a new tulip variety, specially developed as a Netherland’s gift to Bulgaria on the occasion of 110th anniversary of the diplomatic relations.

Numerous studies show that the green cities are healthier and safer, better and preferred for living. The green encourages people’s communication and healthy lifestyle ensuring both, an eco-therapy and law health costs. The green is crucially important for the protection of biodiversity and tackling climate changes, which is one of main challenges for the big cities. The Netherlands is leading in the innovations in the urban greening and production of quality ornamental plants. The country is an initiator of the pan-European initiative “Green City”.

Decision makers, urban planners, nursery stock producers, landscape architects and green influencers will take part in the conference.

Sofia will be one of the highlights of the half-day discussions with presentations on flower planting in Sofia; Vision for Sofia - urban agriculture, green spaces and vegetation Mapping, ecosystem services and soil, and the green corridor in Sofia Nadezhda District. A presentation on 2020, World Plant Health Year is also in the agenda of the discussions. World’s best practices of greening cities and the international experience – the Netherlands, Poland and China – will be also presented.

“Green cities for Sustainable Europe” is the second conference supported by the Dutch Embassy in Sofia, for many years now. The Netherlands is the major trade partner of Bulgaria in the fields of ornamental plants and seedlings, with an annual import of 14 million euro. Bulgarian plants – garden roses and ornamental shrubs - are well-reversed on the Dutch market. Both countries cooperate closely in areas as plants health, cooperating in plant varietal rights and cultivation technologies.

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