City Managers Community 2020: green infrastructures webinar

The Metropolis City Managers Community is loaded with new and dynamic activities in 2020. This year, Metropolis is fostering the engagement of the top leaders from our membership who are in charge of the day-to-day management of green infrastructure - in the various forms, functions, scales, and impacts that "green" can have in major metropolises.

This webinar is the second activity of the City Managers Community in 2020 and represents the intermediate step of a process which will culminate with the celebration of the 5th edition of the City Managers Days, scheduled for November 2020, in the framework of the Smart City Live 2020

Exclusive to the representatives of the Metropolis membership who took part in the Green Infrastructure Metropolitan Portrait survey (open from 11 June to 6 July 2020), this online session will offer to a small group of people with similar responsibilities in their metropolises the opportunity to:

  • get to know each other 
  • discuss the consolidated findings of the survey
  • exchange additional information about their green infrastructure flagship projects
  • delimit the topic and dynamics of the next activities, scheduled for November


Practical info

When: Thursday, July 16, at 12:30 UTC - Coordinated Universal Time (please check your corresponding local time here)

Where: online (via Zoom, with access link provided only to invited members)

Languages: English and Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation available


Agenda (in UTC)

Moderation: Alexander Heichlinger, Senior Expert and Consultant in city management

  • 12:30 Opening address
    Octavi de la Varga, Metropolis Secretary General
  • 12:35 Brief round of introductions of all the City Managers - in alphabetical order of the metropolises represented (1 min each):
    1. Barcelona (metropolitan area): Antoni Farrero
    2. Barcelona (municipality): Margarita Parés
    3. Bogotá: Diego Rubio
    4. Cairo: Ahmed Saad
    5. Chengdu: Liu Suman
    6. Greater Manchester: Rachel Morrison
    7. Guadalajara: Martín García
    8. Madrid: Emilio Martínez
    9. Montréal: Guy Trudel
    10. Ramallah: Malveena Al-Jamal
    11. Rio de Janeiro: Débora Barros
    12. San Salvador: Ingrid Alfaro
    13. Tehran: Shina Ansari
  • 12:50 Introduction of the theme and key findings of the "Green infrastructure metropolitan portrait" survey
    Alexander Heichlinger, Senior Expert and Consultant in city management
  • 13:05 Presentation of 6 selected flagship projects* by the city managers of:
    • Barcelona metropolitan area
      Socio-environmental recovery of the Llobregat River
      Antoni Farrero, Infrastructures Coordinator
    • Chengdu
      Park City Initiative
      Liu Suman, Programme Manager
    • Madrid
      Metropolitan Forest
      Emilio Martínez Vidal, Senior Advisor of the Strategic Planning Direction
    • Cairo
      Green infrastructure to detect water leakage and reduce losses
      Dr. Ahmed Saad, Under secretary in the field of infrastructure, General Organization for Physical Planning (GOPP)
    • Rio de Janeiro
      “Mutirão Reflorestamento” program (community reforestation taskforce)
      Débora de Barros Augusto, Green Areas Coordinator
    • Montréal
      Bio-retention systems of the Avenue Papineau
      Guy Trudel, Project Urban Designer
  • 13:40 Q&A
    Open to all the City Managers
  • 13:55
    Next steps & closure - Lia Brum, Metropolis Observatory Officer

*The flagship projects were selected among the responses to the "Green infrastructure metropolitan portrait" survey, based on the following criteria: completeness of the information provided in the survey, representation of different typologies of green infrastructure, representation from different regions of the world, and gender balance of speakers.

For further inquiries about this activity, please contact Ms. Lia Brum at the Secretariat General.