To focus on fast emerging criticality of urban green spaces for securing quality of life for the ever enlarging urban population the 1st Biennial Congress on Urban Green Spaces is being organized in Delhi from 15-17 February 2012.
UNESCO has joined hand with the Department of Environment, Government of NCT Delhi; Aravali foundation; Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India; International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); University of Toronto; I P University (Delhi) and Indian Agricultural Research Institute to organize the event.
Besides other several components that make the CUGS a very comprehensive event, at the core of CUGS are 6 concurrent thematic workshops mentioned below. UNESCO will be taking a lead in organizing the workshop on water conservation and pollution control.
- Urban Green Spaces: Climate Change (Adaptation and Mitigation)
- Urban Green Spaces: Water Conservation and Pollution Control
- Urban Green Spaces: Biodiversity, Livelihoods, Economics and Valuation
- Urban Green Spaces: Linking up with Gen-Next (Education & Awareness)
- Urban Green Spaces: Engaging Civil Society and Strengthening CSR Linkages
- Urban Green Spaces: Policy, Planning and Governance
Urban Green Spaces are an important and sustainable means to make cities more habitable, clean and energy efficient. However for Urban Green Spaces to contribute to their fullest to the quality of our cities they have to be thoughtfully planned, diligently created and inclusively managed. The reality, with a few welcome exceptions, is far from satisfactory.
For further information contact:
Dr. Bhanu Neupane
Regional Programme Specialist in Water Sciences
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