On Wednesday 2nd of April, representatives of the BIE took part in the annual Spring meeting of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH). The BIE and the AIPH have worked together since 1960 to organize Horticultural World expos. This cooperation falls within the scope of the 1928 Convention of the BIE.
Horticultural Expos share the same goals as World Expos: education and progress. The magnificent gardens of Horticultural Expo "have placed at their centre the paramount issues of a healthy lifestyle, of green economy and energy, of education and innovation, of sustainable environment, and of nature as a source of inspiration for culture, arts and entertainment" analyses the BIE Secretary General in his message to the AIPH.
It is therefore not only about promoting flowers and plants, but also about understanding how good horticultural policies can have a positive impact on the sustainable management of natural resources. Developing innovative and sustainable ways to produce horticultural products can influence phenomena such as climate change and global warming.
In a world where 50% of the population lives in cities, the issue of horticulture is also crucial to ensure a healthy and sustainable urbanization. The AIPH has become a strong advocate of the Green City concept. "Plants and landscape are good for health, for wellbeing, for environmental improvement and economic performance. A Green city is a city that has the good amount of green planting and understands the value of plants in all these areas" explains Tim Briercliffe, Secretary General of the AIPH.
The next Horticultural Expos held both under the auspices of the AIPH and the BIE will be held in Antalya, Turkey in 2016.