Parliamentary evening of the green associations: Green for city and countryside

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Parliamentary evening of the four green sector associations in Berlin on green in the city and in rural areas

Under the motto "Green - For City and Countryside", on the evening of 17 April 2018 the Bundesverband Garten-, Landschafts- und Sportplatzbau e.V. (BGL), the Association of German Landscape Architects (bdla), the Association of German Nurseries (BdB) e.V. and the Central Horticultural Association (Zentralverband Gartenbau e.V.). (ZVG) discussed the ecological, social and economic importance of greenery in urban and rural areas with political representatives.

The invitation of the four green associations to the "Deutsche Parlamentarische Gesellschaft" (German Parliamentary Society) was accepted by 20 members of the German Bundestag, state secretaries and employees of the federal ministries. The aim of the joint event of the green sector associations in the value chain was to discuss the political objectives and measures of the Federal Government in urban development and in gardening and landscaping with the attending members of the Bundestag.

In this context, the presidents of the associations Lutze von Wurmb (BGL), Till Rehwaldt (bdla), Helmut Selders (BdB) and Jürgen Merz (ZVG) informed about the perspectives of green cities and landscapes. Particularly when it comes to meeting the challenges of climate change, the entire green sector can provide valuable solutions with its special know-how. In addition, living greenery in cities and rural areas ensures an attractive and healthy living environment and the green sector offers secure jobs in small and medium-sized enterprises.

The representatives of the four associations also discussed important industry-specific topics with the parliamentarians, such as the increase in the "Future Urban Greenery" funding programme, the strengthening of "double inner development", equal competition between public and private companies, the protection of biodiversity as well as compensation for quarantine pests and the approval of plant protection products.

The lively discussion with the representatives from politics and ministries showed that all players are aware of the importance of urban greenery for the everyday living environment of people and of the green sector as an important and modern economic factor.

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