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September 11, Beijing

Full speaker line-up announced for AIPH International Green City Conference

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has announced the full line-up of expert speakers for this year’s AIPH International Green City Conference entitled ‘Urban Greening for Clean and Healthy Cities’. The conference will take place on 11th September as the first-day event of the World Ornamental Horticulture Summit 2019 in Beijing.

Advocating the AIPH Green City concept, the conference will focus on the valuable role of plants in creating cleaner and healthier urban environments. The programme includes eight distinguished experts to present a diverse portfolio of successful urban greening projects implemented around the world and particularly within China.

Keynote speaker Professor Yu Xinxiao of Beijing Forestry University will discuss the ecological principles of plants and trees, their role in Green City development and their impact on improving the quality of the environment and people’s lives. Mr Yibo Xu, senior architect at Stefano Boeri Architetti (SBA) China, will present fascinating and innovative vertical forest projects and the story of Nanjing Towers.

During the afternoon session, Dr Audrey Gerber, technical advisor to AIPH will introduce the AIPH Green City guidelines, as well as share the latest findings and policy examples on greening projects. Professor Paul Moss of the University of Leicester and chair of the DEFRA air quality expert group will discuss the impacts of vegetation on urban air quality. Ms. Judith van der Poel of Niek Roozen, a landscape architect passionate about working in different countries and cultures, will discuss how her landscape projects (many within China) ensure benefits for the city, countryside and nature. A pioneer of Shanghai’s ecological civilisation and green development, Mr Li Zheng, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Chongming District Committee and Mayor of Chongming District People’s Government, will share his projects that are bringing ecological benefits to urban populations.

Closing the conference, Mr Gao Dawei, Deputy Director General of the Beijing Gardening and Greening Bureau, will discuss his contribution to Beijing in areas of planning, developing strategy research of gardening and greening and park administration.

The World Ornamental Horticulture Summit is co-organised by AIPH (as part of the 71st AIPH Annual Congress, Beijing 9  - 14th September) with AIPH member the China Flower Association (CFA), the Beijing Flower Association, the National Forestry and Grassland Association, China (NFGA), China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, Bureau of Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition Coordination and the People’s Government of Yanq ing District Beijing.

The Summit is supported by the National Afforestation Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China and sponsored by Pera Event, Royal FloraHolland, Expo 2024 Łódź and Dümmen Orange. FloraCulture International is the media partner.

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