Feeling a Little PURPLE?


Have you registered for Greenbelts: Local Solutions for Global Challenges from March 22nd to March 24th?
This Global Greenbelts Conference brings together over forty-five speakers from nine countries across the globe to discuss the potential of Greenbelts to help manage urban growth, sustain farming and the vibrancy of surrounding communities, and protect valuable ecosystems. 

PURPLE – which stands for the Peri-Urban Regions Platform Europe ­- was created in 2004. It is a network of 15 European regions and public authorities that have been working for recognition by European policy makers of the unique challenges and opportunities of ‘peri-urban’ areas.  Greenbelt and peri-urban regions within the PURPLE network include the Mazovia Region, South East England, Nord Pas de Calais, Catalunya, and the West Midlands.
The general objectives of PURPLE are to promote successful socio-economic transition in peri-urban areas and their agricultural sector, influence European Union policymaking, and act as a platform for peri-urban regions to share knowledge and best practices.
Ms. Lenie Dwarshuis van de Beek, a member of the Executive Board of PURPLE, will speak about nurturing the dynamism of peri-urban areas including their agriculture and agri-food industries.
To register for the Conference and for more about PURPLE visit:  www.globalgreenbeltsconference.ca
Spotlight: The Rice Lake Grasslands
The Rice Lake Grasslands, comprised of tall prairies and oak savannah, are considered among the most endangered ecological communities in North America. Participants in this Site Visit will have the opportunity to explore this exciting habitat b y taking a Spirit Walk with a member of the Alderville First Nation, who will explain the geology, natural and aboriginal history of Rice Lake. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the Nature Conservancy of Canada.  
To register for the Site Visit please visit: http://www.globalgreenbeltsconference.ca/catalog

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