An international spotlight will shine on Perth and the city’s efforts to become the most sustainable small city in Europe at the up and coming The Nature of Cities (TNOC) Festival, taking place online 29-31 March 2022.

Following on from the successful Perth Nature and Biodiversity Conference held online in January, hosted by the Perth City Leadership Forum, the city of Perth will feature in the TNOC Festival line up in the workshop: ‘Transforming Perth, Scotland: The Art of the Possible.’

The TNOC Festival, organised by charity The Nature of Cities, is the world’s first and only cities festival which focuses on facilitating transdisciplinary dialogue, small group workshops, arts engagement, and fostering a collaborative spirit around solutions for how to build cities that are better for nature and people.

The session focusing on Perth is one of 200 interactive sessions which aim to radically imagine cities of the future. Drawing on contributions and insights from international participants, the workshop will look to further develop one of the key ideas which came out of the Perth Nature and Biodiversity Conference on ‘biodiverse neighbourhoods and villages.’
Having secured the workshop slot after a competitive selection process, the workshop will be led by Catherine Lloyd from Tayside Biodiversity Partnership, with support from Perth and Kinross Council and the Perth City Leadership Forum.

Mike Robinson, Chair of the Perth City Leadership Forum, and CEO of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society commented:

“We’re delighted to be participating in the TNOC Festival, having made a connection with founder Dr David Maddox, who we were fortunate enough to have as one of our panellists at our Nature and Biodiversity Conference in January. This is a fantastic opportunity for Perth to be recognised internationally for our work and vision to make it the most sustainable city in Europe, whilst drawing on insights and contributions from experts around the world to further develop our biodiverse neighbourhoods and villages idea, including what this might look like in practice.”

The Perth Nature and Biodiversity Conference identified six themes for potential follow up in and around Perth. Of these six themes, three have been selected as offering the most potential and impact. These include natural flood management, biodiverse neighbourhoods and villages and blue green infrastructure.

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