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Conference on the Implementation of the Green Infrastructure Strategy in Romania

29 October 2015 at 09:00 - 30 October 2015 at 17:00

Excelsior NGO in partnership with CEEweb for Biodiversity with support by the Arad Municipality organized a Conference on Implementing the Green Infrastructure Strategy in Romania which took place on the 29th - 30th October 2015 in Arad City Hall, Romania.

Land use change, urban sprawl and the associated deforestation and loss of natural habitats, new linear transportation and energy infrastructure and damming of rivers are amongst the recently increasing phenomena and trends which are contributing to the advance of habitat fragmentation in Europe. Habitat fragmentation and loss in turn are the most significant causes of the current biodiversity crisis. Being the continent most transformed by humans, Europe should put special effort into safeguarding its last remaining patches of natural habitat.

Green infrastructure encompasses natural and manmade structures and solutions which facilitate the flow of ecosystem services from nature to the people and preserve our natural capital. It promotes the use of marginal land as well as making use of all possible land for biodiversity – roofs, pavements and other urban infrastructure elements. In terms of environmental protection, it addresses both the problem of habitat loss and habitat fragmentation by enhancing ecological connectivity.

The aim of the Conference was to successfully address this concept and thereby promote the implementation of the EU Green Infrastructure Strategy, identifying the means of integrating GI across sectors such as agriculture, forestry and transport and explore financing options. Connections between nature, natural resources, ecosystem services and socio-economic development were also discussed during the Conference.

It included contributions from the European Commission, national governmental authorities and GI experts, regional and local authorities, academics & businesses who were able to willingly share their own experiences in GI, during the Conference, and discovered the possibilities of interdisciplinary cooperation. 

Following are the results that were presented by the experts based on their experiences and research:

Results

ARAD GI Conference in Romania – Report Draft (presenters’ comments not received yet)

Summary of Group Discussions GI Conference Arad

Presentations

Green Infrastructure in the European Union and in Romania -
policy, synergies and opportunities

The European Union’s Green Infrastructure Strategy – vision and state of play, Mr Strahil Christov

Green Infrastructure and other Policies – Overlaps and Opportunities, Ms. Malgorzata Siuta

Financing Green Infrastructure and Opportunities for Business, Mr. Strahil Christov

Financing Green Infrastructure through Operational Programmes 2014- 2020, Ms. Monica Tánase

Implementing the Green Infrastructure Strategy in the Romanian – Hungarian Cross-Border Context, Romanian Ministry for Regional Development and Public Administration (Ms. Claudia Gherlea/ Mr. Paul Lazarov)

Sectorial workshop sessions on cooperation in GI implementation

Introduction, Ms. Venelina Varbova & Ms. Kristin Faurest

Multiple Benefits of Green Infrastructure, Ms. Kristin Faurest

Mainstreaming GI into sectors, Ms. Venelina Varbova

Case Studies on Green Infrastructure, Ms. Kristin Faurest

Group discussion – Intro, Ms. Venelina Varbova & Ms. Kristin Faurest

Green Infrastructure and sectorial integration and cooperation

Stakeholder involvement in Green Infrastructure implementation as a pre-condition to success, Ms. Agnes Zolyomi

The state of knowledge on ecosystem services and Green Infrastructure in Western Romania, Mr Gicu-Gabriel Arsene

The Green versus Grey Infrastructure, Mr. Jan Olof (J. O.) Helldin

Green Infrastructure and the Heavy Industry’s Role to Save our Natural Resources, Ms Claudia Bota

Green Infrastructure and the Forestry Sector: Responsibility to Preserve our Natural Capital, Mr Mihai Dragos

Common Agricultural Policy and Green Infrastructure: integration and financing options – Mr. ing. Leonard Zoriti, Romanian Agricultural and Rural Development Ministry

Sustainable Agriculture as Green Infrastructure, Mr. Zoltan Varhely

Perspectives for Green Infrastructure in Arad County, Mr. Mihai Pascu

Green Infrastructure Conference Agenda

Conference Invitation

Background_Document

Please note that information about the Conference exists in the Romanian language here.

Registrations are now closed.

Venue

Arad City Hall: King Ferdinand Conference Room
Revolutiei Bd., no. 75, Arad, 310130

Organizer

Excelsior NGO
Website:
http://www.ongexcelsior.ro/index.php