Financing our parks, green spaces and urban areas: funding, management and engagement

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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM (MDT)
Room: Maurepas, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: Ian Mell
Chairs: Ian Mell


Public parks around the world are locations of inter-community interaction. They provide extensive economic, ecological and social benefits to individuals, communities and cities, yet how we we finance these spaces and what value society places on them is variable. As a consequence we see cities in various countries attempting to sell off, trade, and rethink how they manage their public spaces; some successfully, some not .What is clear though is that there is an open-ended suite of funding and management options, as well as a set of moral and legal imperatives to manage the landscapes around us sustainably that are open to local government, communities and the business community to ensure that parks, green spaces and green infrastructure are maintained.

The session asks what options are open to landscape and city managers to (a) manage our environments, (b) how do these differ between cities, and (c) we can identify transferable best practice that can allow stakeholders across the globe to plan more rationally for the long-term management of their parks, green infrastructure and other infrastructure.

The session will bring together expertise from across the world to discuss how alternative funding and management options can be used to address shortfalls in funding for parks and green spaces, and out wider urban landscapes. By reflecting on the variability of practices open to practitioners the session will look to provide a set of robust and evidenced set of recommendations that can be taken forward by local government, businesses and communities.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Anna Shortly*, University of Toronto, Consuming the city: making space for foraging in Toronto's parks 20 12:40 PM
Presenter Roberto Rezende*, Instituto Socioambiental, Gabriel Schwartzman*, Instituto Socioambiental, Augusto Postigo, Instituto Socioambiental, Parks with People and the Economic Viability of Conservation in the Brazilian Amazon: the Reservas Extrativistas of the Terra do Meio 20 1:00 PM
Presenter John Krinsky*, The City College of New York, John Krinsky, City College of New York - CUNY, Community Engagement and Urban Neoliberalism: Community Land Trusts and Parks Conservancies, Compared 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Kelsey Matson*, , “Historic Preservation Documentation of Mission 66-Era Resources in Yellowstone National Park” 20 1:40 PM
Discussant Ian Mell University of Manchester 20 2:00 PM

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