The focus of this prize is to award an achievement in the redevelopment of a public open space such
as an old park or garden, small squares, civic spaces, street corners, derelict sites, brownfields
(former industrial sites) or green space within a community.
Because of climate change, longer periods of drought can be expected and there will be more heat waves. Heavier showers causing floods will happen more often. In addition, sea level will rise and in general extreme weather conditions will happen more frequently throughout the world.
Measures to reduce emission of carbon dioxide (C02) help to mitigate the effects of climate change. But these measures do not stop, or reverse climate change itself.
Therefore, it is important to take climate change into account in design, construction, restoration and maintenance of public spaces. By doing so we can help to alleviate the impact of climate change and at the same time improve the quality of life.
The use of trees, shrubs and other plants for carbon sequestration can also be an effective form of mitigation because the plants absorb C02 and store it in their cells.
Therefore, this thematic prize is for a project that is specifically related to mitigation of climate change using planting schemes and other appropriate measures such as flood alleviation and the reuse of materials such as stone or metal in the construction of facilities.
The focus of this prize is to award an achievement for communities who successfully integrate social groups through involvement and/or training in the development/management of projects. These groups can include people with limited capacity who are physically or intellectually challenged. They may have disabilities which impact on their ability to work or communicate with other people. They may also include groups of children or seniors, groups of underprivileged inhabitants etc.
Suitable projects with which they are engaged may include horticultural activities such as growing plants, maintaining shrub/flower beds or environmental activities such as assisting in the care of nature reserves etc. Alternatively, it may be the use of a site for environmental educational purposes such as training schemes for unemployed or people with disabilities. In that case, the submission would include details of the programs and level of success to date.