Friday, April 2, 2021

Floriade newsletter | 2 April 2021


For Floriade Expo 2022, the onset of spring is the start of the flowering season. Each day all the trees, plants and flowers are becoming more colourful and fragrant, inviting you to take a stroll around the Floriade site. The opportunity for you to experience this yourself is getting closer. From the middle of 2021 on you can already take a look at the site Floriade will be built on. This month we look back in particular at the wonderful news of Indonesia signing the official participation contract for Floriade and Italy confirming their participation. Curious about the Indonesian pavilion? Watch the video impression below. Other topics this month include our presence at virtual events to promote Floriade and an interview with dendrologist Jaap Smit about our arboretum.

Official participation Indonesia with “Wonderful Archipelago”

The Republic of Indonesia is the first country to sign the official participation contract for Floriade Expo 2022. A visit to the Indonesian pavilion will take you on a journey through traditional and modern Indonesian life where coexistence with nature is central.
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Countdown to cable car ride

With the installation of the cables by Doppelmayr the construction of the cable car was newsworthy in March. The highway A6 was even closed off for a short period. During the Expo you will be able to float above the Floriade park and enjoy a unique experience. With the cable car Floriade presents an alternative means of transport in an urban area.

Italy confirms participation

Italy joins the list of countries who have confirmed their participation in Floriade. We’re looking forward to share details on how they will showcase their vision for a healthy green city and their culture during the Expo.
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More than a garden of trees: dendrologist Jaap Smit about the arboretum

As one of the members of the Floriade planting team and expert in the field of trees, dendrologist Jaap Smit shares the story of the arboretum at Floriade with you. "I believe the arboretum will soon be just as important for Almere as the Euromast is for the city of Rotterdam," says Jaap Smit.
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Seed planted to welcome international visitor

These past few weeks Floriade presented the Expo digitally to international journalists and the Travel Trade industry. By participating in IMM Trav Media Germany, ITB Berlin and the Garden Press Event London we gained widespread attention and planted a seed to welcome visitors from abroad at Floriade next year.

Throwback to 1960: 1st edition of Floriade

25 March 2021 marked the 61st anniversary of the first ever Floriade, which was held in the city of Rotterdam. On this date in 1960 Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix officially opened the event and the observational tower: Euromast. The Euromast is still the highest observation tower in the Netherlands and is an essential part of the city's skyline.
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Animation ‘The Wonderful Archipelago’

Are you curious what you can expect from the Indonesian entry during Floriade Expo 2022? Watch the video of the pavilion of Indonesia, where in 2022 you will be taken into the local tradition of dynamic coexistence with nature. With the theme "The Wonderful Archipelago", the country brings the great diversity of nature and culture on the more than 17,000 islands of Indonesia to Floriade. Discover a traditional Indonesian house made of sustainable materials, a greenhouse with typical Indonesian plants and trees and a recreational ground where you can play traditional games with other visitors.


14 April 2021
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Sunday, March 14, 2021

'Floriade 2022' Dialogues


Floriade Dialogue #12

Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration: Biodiversity and the impact on available freshwater resources


Theme: SDG2 and SDG6 (Zero Hunger and Clean Water and Sanitation)


Friday 19 March 2021
10.00 until 11.30 hours (CET)
08.00 until 09.30 hours (GMT)
12.00 until 14.30 hours (GST)
16.00 until 17.30 hours (SGT)


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This Floriade Dialogue edition is all about freshwater ecosystems, wetlands and the value for societies and economies. We will discuss the importance of wetlands and forests and their fundamental importance for freshwater resources as they play a distributive and restoring role for nature, agriculture and thus for human kind. Healthy wetlands and forests are essential to delivering a range of global targets, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This edition of Floriade Dialogues is organised in the context of and run-up to World Water Day 2021.

Wetland benefit water infrastructure

Wetlands only cover a small percentage of the earth’s surface, yet they are essential systems – they are the arteries and veins of the landscape. They are a critical part of our natural environment. They act as water sources and purifiers. They protect our shores. They are the planet’s greatest natural carbon stores. They are crucial to agriculture and fisheries. A world without wetlands is a world without water. Besides: wetlands are areas of great natural beauty!

Global Wetland Outlook, a report published in 2018 by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands provides a current overview of global wetlands. Key finding: Wetlands disappear three times faster than forests despite the fact that they are globe’s most carbon-dense ecosystems. Salt marshes, sea grass beds, mangroves and peatlands account for just 3% of the world’s land surface and store twice as much carbon as forests.

Ecosystem deliverables

We can’t neglect that wetlands play a pivotal role in delivering global commitments on climate change, sustainable development and biodiversity. Additionally, there is also a strong connection between food security and healthy ecosystems. By adjusting water and agricultural practices in wetlands and incorporating wetlands in agricultural landscapes, long term food security can be assured and biodiversity enhanced. In other words: ecosystem based adaptation is a crucial solution for intensified water consumption by households, agriculture and energy. By improving water sharing and restoring wetlands, water supplies can be safeguarded.

This Floriade Dialogue Webinar will differ the way we will look at ecosystem-based adaptation measures as cost-effective solutions inspired by nature. The dialogue will show that functioning wetlands are essential to delivering a range of global targets, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


  • 09.45 – 10.00 – Welcome slide and webinar code of conduct
  • 10.00 – 10.10 – Opening | Xander de Bruine, Programme Manager Floriade Dialogues
  • 10.10 – 10.25 – Wetlands as cost effective investment strategy to increase water security | Speaker: Sander Carpay, Asociate Expert and Urban Resilience Coordinator, Wetlands International, The Netherlands
  • 10.25 – 10.40 – Creating ecological landscapes, coherence and benefits with natural processes; “National Parc New Land” | Speaker: Perry Cornelissen, Senior consultant ecology, State Forestry Service, The Netherlands
  • 10.40 – 11.00 – Green Infrastructure Master Plan Udon Thani; Urban wetland retention and water resource engineering | Speaker: Ignacio Ortinez, principal of estudioOCA, Thailand
  • 11.00 – 11.20 – Panel and Participative Dialogue
  • 11.25 – 11.30 – Wrap up and closing by moderator

Programme notes

The webinar will be held in English. After each presentation participants will be able to ask some questions via ‘chat mode’. The moderator will select most promising questions and repeat the question to the speaker. The dialogue will be a selection of questions that will be presented to all participants. We will use different dialogue tools like ‘polls’ and Q&A’s with the panel to create a dynamic dialogue. Some questions will be subject to a ‘poll’ and presented to all participants onsite and online. The result of every poll will be published during the webinar. The recorded session will be published afterwards for replay purposes.

We hope to welcome you as participant in this dialogue that acts as a precursor for International Horticultural Expo Floriade Expo 2022 and as a starting point for building an exciting International network of experts.

"Wetlands account for just 3% of the world’s land surface and store twice the carbon forests do. They are the most carbon-dense ecosystems."