Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Your Green Heart is Sweet, Just Like You

Forget flowers or chocolate this Valentine’s Day. Instead, treat yourself or that special someone with registration for Greenbelts: Local Solutions for Global Challenges. Don’t miss this chance to attend the first ever Global Greenbelts Conference from March 22nd to March 24th, 2011 at the Radisson Admiral Hotel. This Conference brings together policymakers, practitioners, and advocates from around the world, while mixing panel discussions and site visits to Ontario’s Greenbelt to highlight the potential of Greenbelts to help manage urban growth, sustain farming and the vibrancy of the surrounding countryside communities, and protect valuable ecosystems.

Within the Netherlands, the four large cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam, and The Hague surround a unique landscape, and mainly agricultural area, the Groene Hart or Green Heart. In the 17th century, parts of the Green Heart were used as a line of defence, whereby a system of locks, dykes, and controlled flooding of the land stopped the enemy from advancing.  In 2003, the Green heart was declared a National Landscape park.

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Image from  PlaceMarketing

Dutch speakers at the Conference include: Dr. Wim Heijmans, Chair of Regional Economics at Wageningen University will discuss a participatory process that integrated willingness to pay as a measure of preference for different scenarios in a particular district in the Netherlands. Cheryl de Boer of the University of Twente will speak about planned mulit-functionality:  increasing space for river beds, and enhancing the connection of remaining natural areas in Dutch rural areas to meet habitat and water quantity and quality goals. Ms. de Boer will discuss the Regee River Restoration project and will highlight principles and good practices for successful implementation, including the important role played by independent regional water boards. Finally, Marcel Houtzager, Regional Portfolio Holder on Green Recreation and Tourism will discuss regional governance structure in the Hague peri-urban area, and the challenges and opportunities that exist.

The Conference also features world renowned author Margaret Atwood, world leading sketch-based comedy ensemble Second City, and Juno award winning and three time 2011 Juno nominee Sarah Harmer.

To register now or to learn more visit: www.globalgreenbeltsconference.ca

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