Click on the link above to hear Nick Grayson, the city council’s climate change and sustainability manager, talk about on what being a biophilic city means for Birmingham. If you cannot access the audio file, go here: https://soundcloud.com/emmab72/nick-grayson-on-birminghams
Birmingham’s membership of the Biophilic Cities Network was announced at the Trees, People and Built Environment II conference at the University of Birmingham recently.
In joining the network, cities pledge to protect or restore the natural world wherever possible, to work together to help other cities become greener through sharing their own experiences and insights.
By joining this global network, Birmingham's natural capital, such as its parks, could benefit hugely by having access to a wealth of knowledge from other member cities.
The Biophilic Cities Network was launched at the University of Virginia in October 2013, with the aim to help cities embrace nature and natural resources to enhance their urban landscapes.
Its membership also includes Singapore; Wellington in New Zealand; Portland, Oregon and Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the United States; and Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain. Perth in Western Australia and Montreal in Canada are also due to join later in the year.