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Urban Greening Platform

Urban Greening Platform

Supporting towns and cities in restoring nature and biodiversity

Objectives

This platform aims to provide guidance and knowledge to support of towns and cities in enhancing and restoring their urban nature and biodiversity, along with links to other relevant European Commission initiatives and policies.

Urban Greening Plan Guidance and Toolkit

As part of the Biodiversity Strategy -  in order to bring nature back to cities and reward community action - the Commission called on European towns and cities of at least 20,000 inhabitants to “..develop ambitious Urban Greening Plans” including “measures to create biodiverse and accessible urban forests, parks and gardens; urban farms; green roofs and walls; treelined streets; urban meadows; and urban hedges.”

This guidance aims to support local authorities in achieving this objective. It has been developed in collaboration with Eurocities and ICLEI, and is based on discussion with many local authorities that have already gone through the process of developing and implementing successful urban greening plans.

It stresses the importance of the collaborative process of developing an urban greening plan, including the need for working with citizens and other stakeholders, and for cross-departmental working and integration of the greening plan with other aspects of urban development, from mobility and health, air and water, to energy and climate adaptation.

An Urban Greening Plan is not a stand alone document, it is a long term framework and strategy to ensure that towns and cities grow greener in the future.

You can find the draft Urban Greening Plan Guidance here.

The draft Urban Greening Plan Toolkit will be available shortly

These documents are currently in draft format.The finalised versions will be translated and published here shortly.

Urban greening plan cycle steps: Secure a long-term political commitment; Establish a working structure; Establish a co-creation process; Develop long-term vision and goals; Analyse the current state of nature and biodiversity Set indicators and targets; Agree on priorities, actions, responsibilities, timelines, and financing; Develop a communication, education, and public awareness strategy; Establish a monitoring, reporting, and evaluation system; Adopt, publish and implement the plan

Urban greening plan cycle steps: (1) Political commitment; (2) Working structure; (3) Co-creation process; (4) Long-term vision and goals; (5) Current state of nature and biodiversity; (6) Indicators and targets; (7) Priorities, actions, responsibilities, timelines, and financing; (8) Communication, education, and public awareness strategy; (9) Monitoring, reporting, and evaluation system; (10) Adopt, publish and implement the plan

Related Policies and Initiatives

See links here to other European Commission flagship policies and initiatives that have a strong urban nature and biodiversity element.

European Green Capital Award

The European Commission's (European) Green Capital Award, recognises and rewards local efforts to improve the environment, and thereby the economy and the quality of life in cities.

Green City Accord

A European Commission initiative to make cities greener, cleaner and healthier.

Air quality

EU actions to improve air quality and reduce air pollution.

Circular economy

The EU’s transition to a circular economy to make Europe cleaner, resource-efficient, and more competitive.

Covenant of Mayors

The Covenant of Mayors is the world's largest movement for local climate and energy actions.

Knowledge hub

Find links here to some of the most useful knowledge hubs relating to sustainable and green cities: 

Finance

The EU and the Commission provide support through a wide range of funding programmes, covering funding opportunities as well as advice on how to access funding and put it to use. See here for more information: 

Networking

Check back here soon for future events, workshops and other networking opportunities to discuss urban nature and biodiversity, and urban greening plans with other EU partners. If you have any events you would like to share here, please send them to ENV-GREENCITIES@ec.europa.eu