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Climate neighbourhoods as laboratories and examples for sustainable neighbourhoods

Within the Strategic Project Horizon+ in which the Province of Flemish Brabant plays a coordinating role, four so-called klimaatwijken or ‘climate neighbourhoods’ were selected in which a participation process will be launched in the coming years in order to create sustainable, biodiverse and green neighbourhoods in collaboration with residents and garden owners.Read more

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First Webinar wrap up – Urban Forests as Nature-Based Solutions, State of the art

One of the objective of the EU Green Deal is to have 3 billions more trees in Europe by 2030, and this will partly be accomplished by implementing sustainable Urban Forests Nature-Based Solutions strategies” shared Sofie Vandewoestijne, project advisor at the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency, recalling the European Commission supports projects such as CLEARING HOUSE.Read more

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South of Barcelona, the Llobregat is a historic river that has played a major role in propelling Catalonia to grow and prosper. Its lowermost territories are a biodiversity hotspot and offer a wide variety of ecosystem services to the nearby metropolitan areas, such as food and fresh water. However, over-exploited to power industries, irrigate crops and provide drinking water, living space and a transport network to millions of people, the lowest portion of the river is heavily populated and under a high level of pressure.Read more

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CLEARING HOUSE joins the #EdibleCitySolutions campaign to raise awareness about green urban food innovation

Food isn’t just fuel – it connects us all.

Whether it’s in the form of urban agriculture initiatives, underground or rooftop farms, community gardens or healthy cooking workshops, millions of city dwellers around the world are already bringing the food they eat closer to the cities they live in, and bringing people together at the same time.

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When researchers become citizens: community gardening at the Parc Raspail, Brussels.

On July fourth I participated on a day of community gardening at the Parc Raspail: together with some 15 neighbours and friends we spent the day inside of this green spot in the south of the region, collecting garbage, clearing the paths from nettles and wild branches, opening some spaces for picnics and games, and letting some other wild to allow nature to remain undisturbed. That day is the last step of a journey of almost two years where neighbourhood residents joined hand to make their parc again available to everyone.

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Spatial accessibility to urban green spaces in Brussels Capital Region and its surroundings

The benefits of urban green spaces (UGS) are significant for increasing the rate of physical activities, general improvement of health and ensuring an improved socialization culture in a society. The associated benefits are also essential for quality of life and wellbeing improvement. However, in many cases, UGS and therefore the benefits they provide are unevenly distributed in cities, which raises issues of environmental justice.

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Leisure or motorised traffic in Brussels Central Park? Who wants what

About a year ago, I introduced in this blog Brussels’s Bois de la Cambre and the contention that was taking place to maintain or not motorised traffic through the park. In the post’s conclusion I was reflecting on the fact that, despite an apparent consensus on the importance of urban forests, in scarce urban land choices need to be made to arbitrate between mismatching priorities, ranging from providing space for leisure and the possibility to enjoy nature, to granting privileges to a country’s elites, or develop motorized mobility infrastructure.

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The meaning of CLEARING HOUSE

In a world with an increasing population and urbanisation, forests and urban green spaces are critical elements for making cities more sustainable, greener and healthier places to live. During this interview you will learn about citizens perceptions and usage patterns of forests and urban green spaces through different geographical contexts.

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