- Title: With cows, critters and cyclists, Estonian capital aims for green future
- Date: 28th September 2021
- Summary: TALLINN, ESTONIA (SEPTEMBER 27, 2021) (REUTERS) DRONE FOOTAGE OF TALLINN'S CITY CENTRE (MUTE) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE AND TRAFFIC IN CITY CENTRE PEOPLE SITTING ON PARK BENCHES CYCLISTS SITTING WITH BICYCLE COASTAL MEADOW ON OUTSKIRTS OF TALLINN VARIOUS OF HERD OF HIGHLAND COWS, USED TO MAINTAIN COASTAL MEADOWS IN SUMMER VARIOUS OF CHILDREN LOOKING AT COW (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATURE CONSERVATION SPECIALIST FOR TALLINN MUNICIPALITY, MEELIS UUSTAL, SAYING: "Tallinn needs city cows to do its work, preserving the natural habitats that are still here in inside Tallinn. Right now we are in Paljassaare nature conservation area, which is a Natura 2000 site. And here, Highlander cattle helps us to restore the coastal meadows." DRONE FOOTAGE OF FIELD BY MAIN ROAD AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS (MUTE) GARDENER AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, LIIVI MAEKALLAS, STANDING IN FIELD MAEKALLAS SHOWING MAP OF 'POLLINATOR HIGHWAY' FOR WILDLIFE AND PEOPLE CROSSING TALLINN TO WOMAN MAEKALLAS POINTING TO MAP MAEKALLAS POINTING TO PLANTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) GARDENER AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT, LIIVI MAEKALLAS, SAYING: "The aim is to enlarge the possibilities to the pollinators and also attract people more to use the pollinator highway as a green corridor (for travel) which goes through six city districts." MAN WALKING THROUGH FIELD BEE VISITING FLOWER VARIOUS OF PAINTED SIGN WITH BEES AND TEXT READING (Estonian): "POLLINATOR HIGHWAY" DRONE FOOTAGE OF POLLINATOR HIGHWAY LINED WITH TREES RUNNING THROUGH INDUSTRIAL ZONE (MUTE) PEOPLE WALKING AND CYCLING ON POLLINATOR HIGHWAY SIGN MARKING ROUTE FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS VARIOUS OF TALLINN MUNICIPALITY CYCLING STRATEGIST, ERIK SARAPUU, CYCLING IN CITY CENTRE (SOUNDBITE) (English) TALLINN MUNICIPALITY CYCLING STRATEGIST, ERIK SARAPUU, SAYING: "You can build of course roads, cycling infrastructure, that's what people think, if you build cycling infrastructure, you will get more cyclists. That's kind of the point of it, isn't it, like here. But another thing is that you have to emphasise on the cycling. You have to have a good ideal so to say, a good idea, why people should cycle and have some negatives (disincentives) towards motorists. You have to kind of take some space from them because if you don't take space, they won't change their routine, and they will still drive. And these changes are quite unpopular and difficult things to do." CYCLISTS CYCLING, BUSSES PASSING CYCLISTS CYCLING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE RIDING ELECTRIC SCOOTERS IN CYCLE LANE ST JOHN'S CHURCH IN CITY CENTRE OFFICE BUILDINGS ON SKYLINE (SOUNDBITE) (English) TALLINN MUNICIPALITY HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT, KRISTA KAMPUS, SAYING: "I think that making (the) city more greener and more climate neutral, it is also economically and financially benefiting in long term. In short term, yes we have to make investments and we have to spend some money, but if the result is the better, more greener, more liveable city for everyone, then I think this is money worth spent (spending)." PEOPLE WALKING ON PROMENADE BY BALTIC SEA PERSON SWINGING OVERLOOKING BALTIC SEA TALLINN SKYLINE SUN SHINING ON FIELD BY SEA, SKYLINE IN DISTANCE
- Embargoed: 12th October 2021 12:57
- Keywords: Estonia European Commission European Green Capital 2023 Tallinn environment green city green solutions
- Location: TALLINN, ESTONIA
- City: TALLINN, ESTONIA
- Country: Estonia
- Topics: Climate Adaptation and Solution,Climate Change,Environment,Europe,General News
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWMVZND
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Cows, pollinating insects and cyclists are among those helping Estonia's capital Tallinn to go green, as the city aims to reduce its environmental impact and become carbon neutral by 2050.
Earlier this month, the city's efforts paid off as it was named the European Green Capital for 2023 by the European Commission.
Protecting green spaces, reducing noise pollution, and improving water quality were all among the reasons Tallinn won the award, according to the European Commission's website.
On the fringes of the city, a herd of Scottish Highland cows snack on plants in the Paljassaare nature reserve, helping to boost biodiversity and maintain the area as a habitat for wild animals.
Other areas throughout the city are left to grow naturally, to "enlarge the possibilities" for pollinating insects to move around, gardener and landscape architect Liivi Maekallas said.
These green spaces are linked by the 13-kilometre (8-mile) long 'Pollinator Highway', a tree-lined route running through the city on which humans are also encouraged to travel.
Tallinn received widespread attention when it made access to public transport free for residents in 2013.
But the city also aims to increase the number of regular cyclists, aiming for 11% of journeys to be made by bike by 2027.
That doesn't just mean building more cycle lanes, according to cycling strategist Erik Sarapuu. "You have to have a good ideal ... why people should cycle," he said.
Boosting cycling also means making unpopular decisions like introducing disincentives for motorists and taking away lanes for car traffic, Sarapuu added.
The number of people in Tallinn has grown steadily over the past 20 years, and the city now has more than 445,000 residents according to recent figures.
Spending money on environmental initiatives will make the city a more pleasant place to live for its growing population and bring future economic benefits, according to Krista Kampus, Tallinn's head of development.
(Production: Janis Laizans, Lewis Macdonald)
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