Europe Day of Parks: Atlantic Parks

Jardin Botanico Gijon by TGE

Jardin Botanico Atlantico in Gijon by TGE

A brief by Tamara Guirao, CAAC coordinator

The European Day of Parks is a commemorative day for protected areas across Europe that was launched in 1999 by the EUROPARC Federation to celebrate protected areas throughout Europe.

The European Day of Parks takes place on and around May 24th of each year. It aims at bringing people closer to nature and raising public awareness on the importance of the natural beauty preserved in protected areas and the importance of conservation and sustainable management of those places.

Parcs are a fundamental part of the identity of the Atlantic Cities, featuring locations like Sant Margarita in A Coruña, Gayeulles in Rennes or the Botanic Gardens of Gijon and Lisbon. This green dimension of the cities of the Atlantic Arc has also been recognised with the Green Capital award twice : in 2012 for Vitoria-Gasteiz and in 2013 for Nantes. Even two out of four finalists for 2015 are in this area : Glasgow and Bristol.

CAAC member, Santiago the Compostela has also identified the importance of parcs for Atlantic Cities and operationalised it in a INTERREG project, called PARKATLANTIC. The project focuses its efforts on five cities in the Atlantic area (Santiago de Compostela, Angers, Pau, Limerick and Vila Nova de Famalicão) with an important natural heritage and a decisive commitment towards capitalising the value of their urban and peri-urban parks, as well as strengthening their contribution towards sustainable urban development. In order to achieve this main objective, ParkAtlantic reflected on the type of Atlantic cities for the future, to create development models based on sustainability, and to design plans of action adapted to the specific features of each individual territory.

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