Focus on the citizen forum in Toulon on May 14, 2022

As part of the 48 Hours of Urban Agriculture Festival, the TPM Metropolis and the Southern Region organized in Toulon, within the framework of the Nature For City LIFE project financed by the LIFE program of the European Commission, a Citizen's Forum on "Nature in the City and Adaptation to Change" with the aim of informing and raising awareness among citizens on this major issue: how to adapt our cities to climate change, what place for nature and the services it provides on a daily basis.

This forum was composed of several sessions :

In the morning was proposed by the office of the Guides of the GR 2013 a walked conversation "Living a trail". It allowed to discover the itinerary of the future metropolitan trail by walking where we do not always walk and to discover the various forms and landscapes of nature in the city. The thirty or so participants were able to appreciate how this path and the practice of walking can participate in recomposing our ways of living in a territory.

In the afternoon, 3 other nature walks in the city and adaptation to climate change were proposed :

- Pollinators in the urban environment; by Marion CLEMENT, Head of the Biodiversity and Quality of Environments Department, TPM Metropolis

- Along the Las and Toulon's gardens; by Jade BESSE, Cultural mediator, Chercheurs en herbe

- Architecture, art and nature by Valérie MICHEL-FAURE, Professor of Art History, ésadtpm, Artistic and scientific coordinator of the PaySAGE research program and Eric DELORME, Architect, Member of the collective JNARCHI Toulon

The association Chercheurs en herbe (Budding Researchers) proposed animations around the exhibition realized within the framework of the project. Videos extracted from the MOOC Nature for City LIFE were also available in a dedicated room allowing to deepen the stakes and solutions.

The day was closed by a conference given by Jean-Noël CONSALES, Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning of Aix-Marseille University, on "Urban agriculture and agri-urbanism" which addressed the relationship between city and nature, and more specifically the mobilization of nature in urban and regional planning projects as well as in landscape projects, at different territorial scales. This conference brought together a large audience very interested in this subject which also raises the question of urban land strategies.