Image: Spanish Association fot Arboriculture.
As part of the fifth edition of the Madrid Cities Forum, held at IFEMA between 14 and 16 June, nature and the urban landscape once again featured prominently on the programme, as essential elements in the design of cities.
Among the numerous participative thematic sessions that made up the programme of the 2022 edition of the Madrid event, there was one dedicated to the «Green City: Ideas for designing the biophilic city», structured in two dialogue tables that were characterised by the constructive atmosphere generated by the speakers and the facilitator, Inmaculada Gascón, member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Arboriculture, on how to tackle the challenges facing today’s cities from very diverse perspectives: climate change, biodiversity, green public space, etc.
Our colleague Alicia Delgado, an expert in biodiversity, participated in the second panel discussion, in which Luis Tejero, coordinator of the Climate Change Programme Red Clever Cities of Madrid City Council, also took part. Other participants in the panel were Alberto Ipas, member of World Urban Parks, World Parks Academy, AEPJP and ANPR Mexico, Ignacio Arenales, technician of the Green Infrastructure Management Association (ASEJA), Ana Méndez, co-founder and CMO of Creando Redes, and Ana Macías, doctor and forestry engineer and president of the Arbocity Association.
During the discussion, Alicia shared her vision on the importance of taking biodiversity into account in the design of business and industrial premises to improve the well-being and quality of the environment for workers and visitors, an aspect that is being promoted at European level through the LIFE BooGI-BOP project. Other issues discussed were social justice with regard to the ability of part of the population to be able to adopt certain measures taking into account family income, the suitability and degree of success of some existing proposals for cities’ renaturalisation, the need to place value on green public spaces as democratic spaces that provide ecosystem services (benefits) to the population and the peculiarities associated with their management.
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