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Paris, France launches licenses to ‘green’ (végétaliser) all you want

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:10
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The goal by 2020 is to green Paris on more than 100 hectares with a third devoted to urban agriculture

This article has been roughly translated by Google Translate from La Relève et La Peste
By Christophe Noël et Jean-Pierre Viguié / Mairie de Paris
Oct 6, 2016

Roughly translated:

Here’s good news! Passed unnoticed this summer, this law passed by the elected council of Paris on July 1, and allows Paris residents to acquire a permit to green/grow on the place that you like best! A very nice alternative to green our cities from the 100% concrete …

Paris is one of the least “green” capitals where one finds relatively little space and almost no real green lung, as there are in London or Central Park. The mayor of Paris has made a strong move this time with her 100% green proposal. We see real, bold proposals for the French capital. The goal by 2020 is to green Paris on more than 100 hectares. All alternatives are in the proposals. Roofs, walls and facades can and will be grown on, a third will be devoted to urban agriculture. This proposals is long overdue. The proposal was passed under a near media blackout.

A license to green/grow will be available within a period of one month and lasts 3 years, and is renewable!

These licenses will be issued by the City of Paris, within a period of one month. This public domain for free occupation permit will cover a period of 3 years renewable tacitly.

It will make it easier for Parisians, and encourage them to become “gardeners of Parisian public spaces” and green the capital in various forms: fruit trees, walls, moving boxes, keyholes, trees, etc.

The City of Paris will provide a planting kit including topsoil and seeds.
“It offers them a number of tracks, but mostly expect citizen ideas.”

In return, the “citizen-gardeners” will sign a Charter of revegetation, which will commit them to use local plants and promote biodiversity in Paris, not to resort to pesticides and to ensure the aesthetic and maintenance of their plants and materials.

With this permit, Parisians will participate in the urban model of change for a more green Paris, beautification and to improving quality of life, in front of their home or their work. Beyond promoting nature and biodiversity in the city, this permit will also help to create social links by strengthening exchanges with others, especially its neighbours, “said Penelope Komitès, Assistant to the Mayor of Paris.

With the establishment of planters along the facades, flower planting under trees and even street furniture installations such as vegetated fences, the city now asks Parisians to show imagination! “It offers them a number of tracks, but all ideas are welcome,” says Penelope Komitès.

Original article in French.

Article in Inhabitat.


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