The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought for each of us new moments of reflections, either related to the evolution of certain phenomena or areas and readjustment to the new contexts created or on how each of us can contribute individually or through collective efforts to increase the quality of life. In this context, the topic proposed by Adrian Dohotaru, the guest of the May 2020 edition of the CGR Meetings, has brought into discussion the opportunity of Cluj-Napoca to apply for the title of European Green Capital in 2022 or 2023.
Some of the ideas during the presentation were as follows:
- the need to create forest belts around the city of Cluj-Napoca and reduce the effect of urban sprawl;
- the southern ring road project should be abandoned in order not to encourage the expansion of road infrastructure in the Făget Forest area;
- civil society must be encouraged to take part in participatory budgeting projects, and not only;
- the need to increase the density of cycle tacks in the city and create pedestrian corridors along the Someş River, in university campuses or along certain urban streets;
- the possibility to establish a nature protected area in the East Park on the model of Văcăreşti Nature Park in Bucharest;
- the need to develop public policies to preserve the forest vegetation and remedy other dysfunctions in the city of Cluj-Napoca and its metropolitan area.