Parks, both historic and modern, are intensively managed, high quality environments. It is the project’s key objective to reinforce parks to better serve economic, social and environmental objectives within policies of sustainable development and mitigation of climate change.
The partnership includes many cities and regions successfully using parks in a wider policy context such as economic development, urban renewal, rural diversification and protection of cultural heritage, landscapes and environment. Partners acknowledge the need to achieve additional economic, social and environmental benefits to diminish the risks of decline caused by conflicting demands, budget reductions etc. They agree that climate change will affect parks directly, but will also raise their value in mitigation strategies. Hybrid Parks was inspired by the European Garden Heritage Network (www.eghn.eu), but involves new subjects and partners.
The main activities of Hybrid Parks
According to its objectives, Hybrid Parks will use the experiences and resources of the partnership for individual and interrelated activities covering the three pillars of sustainability. Policies employing parks for economic, environmental or social development and related good practice examples are investigated in two workshops each. Seven best practice studies include “Economy: Tourism and urban (re)development”, “Social: Widening the audience” and “Environment: Public awareness”. Study tours to the UK (economic focus), Sweden (social focus) and Lower Austria (environmental focus) and open conferences further support exchange and policy development Based on the above,partners, stakeholders and experts will investigate how to combine these approaches and policies to further increase the contributions of parks to sustainable urban and regional development and mitigation strategies.
In Hybrid Parks participated 16 partners in 10 countries
Schloss Dyck Foundation.Centre forGarden Art & Landscape Design (Germany)Leas Partner
State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany)
Rhineland Regional Council (LVR) (Germany)
The Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe (LWL) (Germany)
Municipality of Linkoping (Sweden)
Municipality of Lund (Sweden)
Paola Local Council (Malta)
Silesian Botanical Garden (Poland)
University of Turku (Finland)
Region of South Aegean (Greece)
Regione Umbria - Direzione regionale Risorsa Umbria (Italy)
Regione Emilia-Romagna - Direzione Generale Programmazione territoriale e negoziata, intense (Italy)
Garden Platform Lower Austria (Austria)
Environmental Protection Association Citizen and Environment, Department Nature in the Garden (Austria)
Association of Parks and Gardens in Brittany (France)