Adelaide becomes the second city in the national park

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Adelaide has been named the second national park city in the world, after London, at the World Congress of Urban Parks.

Awarded by the UK-based National Park City Foundation, the designation is not intended as a reward but “the start of a journey” towards creating “greener, healthier, wilder and fairer places to live”. “.

The idea is to transpose some of the principles associated with official national parks into the city, to promote cities as important centers of biodiversity, natural heritage and recreation in their own right.

South Australia’s environment minister, David Speirs, said Adelaide becoming a national park city would bring a range of benefits.

“Adelaide National Park City status is not just another title for our city, it is a trigger to promote and connect people with action on the ground to care for our environment for the health and the well-being of all, as well as to stimulate our economy through increased tourism,” he said.

“Over the next few years, through our Green Adelaide Urban Environmental Council, you will see real action on the ground in support of the Adelaide National Park City movement to create a cooler, greener and wilder city.

“This includes $5 million to green our CBD streets and squares, $5 million to bring the Torrens River back to life, and millions of dollars in grants to enable the community and councils to carry out climate-resilient projects on field.

“In addition, completing iconic rewilding projects, such as bringing platypus back to the Torrens, creating a more butterfly-friendly city, and improving habitat and awareness for birds of prey in our city.”

Adelaide’s push to become a national park city has been led by government body Green Adelaide. The bid was based on the proposed greening measures, as well as Adelaide’s already impressive parklands, which cover 30% of the city and are home to around 1,080 species of native plants, 281 species of native birds, 60 species of native fish and 47 species of native mammals, as well as with 58 species of reptiles.

Chris Daniels, Chairman of the Board of Green Adelaide, said: “This important milestone for our city follows National geography recently named Adelaide the sixth most sustainable city in the world thanks to the green movement and years of effort by volunteers, government and organizations to care for our nature, which has reinforced our city’s credentials in our bid .

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