Other European states’ experiences: European Avenue Day

In the previous newsletter, we mentioned the march of the ‘fitofori’ which will take place in Rome and other Italian cities. It seems that similar initiatives take place in other European countries (in Germany from 2008) and that there has been a European Avenue Day since 2015. The main objective of the European day is to show off this plant heritage to improve its conservation. Many diverse activities take place on this day: media attention, conferences, tree planting, photography competitions, and sports competitions (i.e. cycle races). We remind you that trees along sidewalks, paths, canals and rivers are a natural heritage able to block dusts, reduce the accumulation of polluting substances, lower temperature; moreover they are natural “wells” which gather carbon, natural corridors for insects and wildlife, not to mention precious for biodiversity protection. Last but not least, they increase road and pedestrian security as the “micro-environment” favours a less dangerous way of getting around.

So now what we must do is join the Italian Avenue Day and the European one together, and help to prepare the international Conference, which will take place in the Netherlands in September 2018 and will be on “Crossing borders for a greener and sustainable transport and infrastructure”.

For more information Société pour la Protection des paysages et de l’Esthétique de la France (SPPEF): chantal.pradines@centraliens.net

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