Green associations in discussion with federal politicians

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bdla president pleads for a modern climate adaptation law

On May 24, 2023, the "Parliamentary Breakfast" of the green associations Bundesverband Garten-, Landschafts- und Sportplatzbau e. V. (BGL), Bund deutscher Baumschulen (BdB) and Bund Deutscher Landschaftsarchitekt:innen (bdla) took place in Berlin. The focus of the exchange with 20 members of the German Bundestag was on planning, production, construction and maintenance of public green spaces.

Talking with members of the German Bundestag in Berlin on May 24, 2023. © Sandra Wildemann

In view of the continuing progress of climate change, urban development with a well-developed green-blue infrastructure is an urgent task for society as a whole. The presidents of BGL, BdB and bdla discussed current legislative procedures and motions in the German Bundestag with members of the Environment Committee, the Committee for Housing, Urban Development, Construction and Communities and the Agriculture Committee. The focus was on the "Natural Climate Protection Action Program" and the draft of a "Climate Adaptation Act".

Parliamentary State Secretary Christian Kühn, MdB, outlined three goals in the Natural Climate Protection Action Program: "Renaturation succeeds in storing carbon for climate protection, protecting biodiversity and providing for the consequences of the climate crisis. In addition, we are setting a framework for climate adaptation in Germany with the draft Climate Adaptation Act."

bdla President Prof. Stephan Lenzen commented, "We landscape architects know in principle how climate-resilient open spaces and landscapes must be developed today. The federal government should now consistently set the course with the new climate adaptation law and the upcoming major BauGB reform."

The patron of the event at the German Parliamentary Society was former Federal Minister Dr. Peter Ramsauer, MdB.

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