The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) is partnering with Salzburg Global Seminar. This partnership aligns the common goals of both AIPH and Salzburg Global Seminar: co-promoting the benefits of inviting more plants and nature into our increasingly urban lives. At a time when cities are growing rapidly, and nature is diminishing at alarming rates, urgent action is needed. Plants and nature, which provide multiple benefits and services, are powerful tools with the potential to address many of the ever-mounting challenges faced by growing urban communities. Through this partnership, AIPH and Salzburg Global Seminar seek to accelerate the rate of transformation in cities to bring wide recognition to the value of plants in providing solutions for common city problems and to create an enabling environment to shape and nurture a strategic shift in city governance and planning.
“There are many great areas of overlap and alignment in our priorities and the approaches we can take to support and drive change to help inspire better urban futures for everyone. If we are to address the climate crisis, then we will need many more atypical partnerships like this," said Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar.
As a means of demonstrating the partnership in action, AIPH has joined the network of partners for Salzburg Global Seminar’s Parks for the Planet Forum 2021, where AIPH has taken up an active facilitation and participatory role. Launched in 2015, the forum aims to improve human and societal wellbeing by expanding access to nature-rich urban spaces, increasing investments in urban conservation, and creating dynamic partnerships between people, cities, and protected area systems.
“We are excited to demonstrate our partnership in action through our participation and to connect with a global community of champions for the power of plants and nature. Together with Salzburg Global Seminar, we hope to learn from, share with, and inspire other like-minded individuals and organizations to showcase the power of collaboration," said Dr. Audrey Timm, Technical Advisor, AIPH
Similarly, Salzburg Global Seminar has expressed its support for the AIPH World Green City Awards. The AIPH World Green City Awards is an ongoing competition, with entries open every 2 years. Designed to champion ambitious nature-orientated approaches to city design and operation, they seek to recognize public initiatives relying on greater use of plants and nature to create better city environments. The awards celebrate innovation, achievement, and commitment to the globally recognized imperative to embrace nature-based solutions that harvest the power of plants and associated ecosystems services to help address the major challenges facing cities today – or tomorrow. Launched on 22nd April 2021 at the AIPH Green City conference 'Champions of Green Cities', online entries for the AIPH World Green City Awards are now open for the inaugural 2022 edition.