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1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

To grow our cities into places that are good for both people and planet we must look internationally, we must look at the cities pioneering society’s path towards progressive and sustainable systems.


Part of the ‘Cities as Places of Hope’ series; a project launched in 2019 focussing on progressive city networks that are a key factor in the development of a positive narrative on the future of Europe. The project brings together partners from Spain (Fundación Transición Verde), Catalonia (Nous Horitzons), Croatia (The Institute for Political Ecology-IPE) , Belgium (Oikos), North Macedonia (Sunrise) and Turkey. This 2020 project aims to bring together progressive and transformative trans-local city networks, to connect them and facilitate their exchanges, ultimately contributing to a positive narrative for the future of Europe.

About the Event:

The ‘In search of a green city’ event will bring together green local councillors from different municipalities and civil society from across Turkey, Belgium, Greece and Spain. In this event, we aim to share best practises and discuss the role and participation of city actors through the examples below which are the findings of the GEF Cities as Places of Hope Project:

  • Public Health Protection and awareness campaign on heat wave # coolathens / Athens Municipality/Greece
  • Remunicipalisation of water management / Valladolid Municipality /Spain
  • Gent Mobility for livable and accessible city / Gent Municipality /Belgium


13:00-14:00 Sharing of best practices

Moderator: Müge Yorgancı, Urban Planner and Researcher, Vision 2050 Office

     1. ‘Urban Mobility and Gent Mobility Plan’

Dirk Holemans / Former Member of the Belgian Parliament / Oikos Think Tank/ Co-President, Green European Foundation

    2. ‘Water Management as a Public Policy in Local Governments’

Sergi Alegre Calero / Vice Mayor of the City of El Prat / Fundacio Nous Horitzons

    3. ‘ Heat Waves and Climate Resilient Cities’

Ümit Şahin / Green Thought Association

14: 10-15: 00 Group Studies

    1. ‘Water Management in Cities and Water Rights’

Moderator: Dr. Akgün İlhan, Water Management Specialist, Boğaziçi University

    2. ‘Mobility in Cities’

Moderator: Arzu Erturan, Board Member of Street Is Ours Association, MSGSÜ Research Assistant

    3. ‘Heat Waves and Climate Resilience Cities’

Moderator: Assoc. Dr. Sevil Acar, Boğaziçi University


Registrations are open: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkcu2qpz8rGt3p6P6o5RnCYsE-rz7ABI7P

For more information about the event: in Turkish / in English

Turkish and English translations will be available during the first part of the event.

This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Green Thought Association and with the financial support of the European parliament to the Green European Foundation.

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