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To see the full video of the presentation please go to http://www.GreenSocialEngineering.org/members. Jacques Soignon - To value a city with gardens - Presentation at The Sustainable Green Infrastructure Conference 2014
Jacques Soignon, Director of the Parks and Gardens Department (SEVE) of Nantes since 2001, is the initiator of an internationally recognised, exemplary Green Infrastructure Strategy, which contributes to the global visibility of Nantes Métropole - ‘The City of 100 Parks’.
Jacques home town of Nantes, located at the mouth of the River Loire, is the capital of Brittany, sixth largest city and fifth largest port in France, and was selected as the ‘European Green Capital 2013’ as ambassador for biodiversity with best demonstrated horticultural practice. With 1,030ha of green space and a city population of 300,000 and metropolitan population of 600,000 Nantes is similar in scale to the maritime city of Liverpool.
There is a park within 500m walk of each home contributing to Nantes has been named ‘the most livable city in Europe’ by Time magazine and ‘France's Greenest City’ by L' Express magazine.
Jacques oversees a staff of about 500 managers, engineers and gardeners dedicated to enhancing the green reputation of Nantes which demonstrates how environmental regeneration can act as a catalyst for creating liveable and attractive cities. Jacques Soignon is a globe-trotter who modestly declares;- “I’m passionately interested in my work, and it follows me wherever I go.”
To see the full video of the presentation please go to http://www.GreenSocialEngineering.org/members