Presented by City Parks Alliance in partnership with World Urban Parks.
The world urban population will double from 3.5 billion to over 7 billion in the next 40 years with 8 of 10 people expected to live in cities by the year 2060. This means that half of the communities that will exist within the lifetime of our children have not been built yet. People are also living longer: the global population of people 60 years or over is expected to more than double in the next three decades. Moreover, global warming is occurring faster than predicted, increasing extreme weather events and changing the environmental conditions that may cause tens of millions of people to be displaced. Much of this change will take place in countries where the average person lives under $20,000 annually.
Making parks a priority--especially in densely built cities--requires political leadership, creative vision, and a comprehensive urban development approach. How can we redesign and rework the world’s cities to ensure they protect the earth’s natural environment and species, make them more biologically diverse, healthier and more humane for residents of all ages? This half-day session will explore strategies that emerging cities are using to create a more sustainable future where greenspace is used to help address rapid growth and infrastructure challenges.