Uppdated 2015-02-16
2-4 (5) Sept 2015
in Stockholm
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Welcome to the Conference!
Welcome to present your park!

Why a conference about large parks?
Urbanization continues all over the world, pressing on and transforming ecosystems. In 40 years urban population will double.
We need to take stock of the consequences and seriously judge the value of green cities and, in this conference, specifically focus on large parks.
In 1995 was designated a national city park by the Swedish parliament, the first national park in a city in Sweden (www.ekoparken.org and www.nationalstadsparken.se ). Twenty years after its inception, in 2015, we will stage a conference in Stockholm to assess the importance of large parks in large cities.
We invite you - park managers, politicians, researchers and NGOs - to Stockholm to present your large park, its specific qualities, history, the legal protection of the park and its value to the city.

There are large parks in many large cities in many parts of the world, even larger than well-known parks such as Central Park in New York, Bois de Bologne in Paris and Hyde Park in London. Sometimes they are not recognized as parks, but are left-over-land that one day may be exploited. Or they may be national parks right on the border of the city, as in Nairobi and in Cape Town. Or they may be planned green wedges or belts around a city. Nevertheless, they serve as lungs of the city, recreational areas for its population and nature's reminder of the foundations of city life and the history of the city.

In central Stockholm an area of 27 km2 in 1995 was designated a national city park by the Swedish parliament, the first national park in a city in Sweden (www.ekoparken.org and www.nationalstadsparken.se ). The park, named "The Royal National City Park", since it to a large extent has a history as a royal leisure and hunting ground, is one of the few urban areas investigated in the United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

16 februari 2015 Registration will start from a new web-page with the same address, embedded in WWF Sweden home-page. It will be in place in a day or two.
16 februari 2015 Third call is now on the Webb >>read more
12 januari 2015: Preliminary programme is now ready >>read more
23 december 2014: Registering will start from the 16th of February 2015.
For further questions please contact:
Henrik Waldenström henrik.waldenstrom@wwf.se
mobile +46(0)705367314

or Richard Murray richard@largeparks.se
mobile +46(0)768016897