In recent years, all cities around the world are experiencing major impacts on urban ecology and society caused by climate change and the current pandemic. To address these challenges on a global scale, the European Union's International Urban and Regional Cooperation (IURC) Programme in collaboration with we!park, a partner of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's (BMA) Green Bangkok 2030 initiative, organized the International Online Forum "New Green Possibilities" with the aim of promoting inclusive cooperation between different continents.
"New Green Possibilities" invited key urban actors such as policy makers, networks, designers and project developers to explore new possibilities for the development of green spaces in urban areas and to share and expand their visions and solutions through a comparison of case studies and policies for green infrastructure development from around the world.
To give evidence of how Milan is learning to act in a practical and tangible way, through innovative tools and actions to develop a new City scenario of growth and sustainable development, the Resilient Cities Department of the Municipality of Milan, partner of the VEG-GAP project, has been invited to the Platform Talk Session "Green City Platform".
The "Green City Platform" Session highlighted key 'platforms', initiatives and networks that promote green urban development. Discussion topics included how these platforms can be supported and scaled up so that more green spaces can be developed in urban areas, resulting in a better quality of life for people.
In the presentation of the City's ecosystem of projects, plans and actions for a greener Milan, the VEG-GAP project was mentioned as an important initiative to assess the direct and indirect effects of vegetation on air quality, temperatures and human health and to identify the most suitable tree species for the City of Milan based on meteorological, climatic and air quality components.
By 2050 there will be 6 billion people living in urban areas and today it is estimated that already more than 70% of harmful emissions to the planet come from cities. Therefore, the VEG-GAP project, given its commitment to carrying out innovative research and tools to support urban air quality plans inspired by the awareness of how urban vegetation is an extraordinary resource for air quality in cities, can only look forward to this new initiative of its Pilot City.