Theme: Growing Green Cities
The Earth has seven billion inhabitants and growing, and more than fifty percent live in cities. By 2050, this percentage will have increased to nearly seventy percent. With continued and relentless urbanisation, we have no option but to look for new ways to keep our cities safe, healthy and attractive and to find a better balance between ‘grey’ and ‘green’ infrastructure. We invite the world to join us and to contribute to our theme: Growing Green Cities.
Within this context, four sub-themes are explored:
Green: Parks – vertical green on buildings and green structures make cities more attractive and resilient;
Food: Food habits, -production, -waste, -safety and food security solutions;
Health: The contribution of green structures to a healthy living environment as well as the
contribution made by green spaces to the physical and mental vitality of the citizens;
Energy: Finding solutions to address sustainable energy, heat stress and climate adaptation, as well as the contribution of green spaces for a liveable city.
Food production plays a major role in the green city of the future. The question is, what role can agriculture and horticulture play in accelerating this vision? The Netherlands is the second largest food producer worldwide, which is special given its small area for growing. This makes the Netherlands a hotspot for potential agricultural and horticultural innovations.
Sustainability and exhibition development
Basics of the development of both the Horticultural exposition as well as the development of the new city district Floriade will be, are various. More information to read below. Participants are challenged to include inventive sustainable combinations of horticulture, horticultural products in their pavilion.
Vision Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food quality
The Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands introduced her vision of circular agriculture. As she describes it, “the leading position, such as the Netherlands currently hold, goes hand in hand with responsibility for the future of farming, horticulture and fisheries. After all, no matter how good our results may be right now, the way in which we produce our food is shifting ever more out of balance. We are taking more than the planet can give, and this is not sustainable.
We consistently concluded that the only way for us to secure the future of our food supplies is to make the transition to circular agriculture. After all, we must prevent soil, water and raw materials from becoming exhausted and the temperature on our planet from rising to unacceptable levels. Circular agriculture provides an inevitable and conclusive solution to these issues.” The complete vision can be read here.
Innovation – Ex-novation
There’s a global tendency to innovation which has brought prosperity but reaches its limits. For future developments there has to be looked beyond technological innovation, to start to ‘ex-novate’.
Ex-novation is the process of eliminating the unsustainable, irrelevant or unsuitable to constantly improve and renew the innovation process. It is often an overlooked part of the innovation process, it focusses on appreciation of the existing or even old technology first. It’s finding its way already in management and education institutes.
For the development of exhibits, Floriade appreciates focus on ‘ex-novation’ and challenges participants to incorporate it.
SDG’s – Sustainable Development Goals
Floriade embraces the assignment and challenge to cities to contribute with a substantive contribution to the Social Development Goals.
More information will be available later.