Innovative solutions for the development, implementation and maintenance of green infrastructure
The international conference Green Infrastructure – New Challenges of Planning the Urban Landscape, organised by the Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region (RRA LUR), as a partner of the Transitioning Towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability (TURAS) project, the Society of Landscape Architects of Slovenia (DKAS) and the Landscape Architecture Department of the University of Ljubljana Biotechnical Faculty, took place in Ljubljana – European Green Capital 2016 – on 17 May 2016.
The conference attracted more than 180 participants from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the USA, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia. Addresses by Barbara Radovan of the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, the Croatian ambassador to Slovenia Vesna Terzić, vice president of IFLA Europe Hermann Georg Gunnlaugsson, RRA LUR director Lilijana Madjar, vice president of the Croatian Association of Landscape Architects Andrea Knez, president of the Association of Landscape Architects of Serbia Dušan Todorović, DKAS president Jože Novak and Ljubljana mayor Zoran Janković were followed by 13 papers by speakers from the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia and a round-table discussion with representatives of six municipalities of Slovenia (Ljubljana, Celje, Novo Mesto, Nova Gorica, Slovenj Gradec, Kočevje), the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning and other entities.
The conference also included presentations of innovative solutions for the development, implementation and maintenance of urban green infrastructure developed in the course of the TURAS project: biomimicry, green noise barriers, community-based approaches and the Green Living Room concept. The last of these will be presented in the form of a roadshow or travelling exhibition that is due to arrive in Ljubljana in September 2016.