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The annual publications of Plante & Cité summarise current information on a specific subject.
Publications are printed in paper format and are posted to all members. Additional copies are available for purchase.
These publications complement the services of the technical centre (website, technical workshops) and the electronic editions of Plante & Cité’s documentation service (watch reviews, online resources).
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2020 > Implementing Eco-management : Concepts and practices for more nature in the city

At a time when nature in the city and biodiversity are part of the concerns of citizens, ecological management is essential as an essential strategy. A subject explored by professionals for many years, it is also at the heart of the expertise of Plante & Cité, which conducts studies and experiments to consolidate and update scientific and technical knowledge.

To accelerate this dynamic, this collection of articles takes stock of the concepts and practices for deploying ecological management throughout the city. Its content comes from the latest Plante & Cité programs and from external contributions from researchers and professionals.

This document is an extract of the french publication N°6 - 2020 : Déployer la gestion écologique : concepts et pratiques pour plus de nature en ville (


2019 > Evaluation under the microscope: For strategies and actions favorable to nature in the city

Effectiveness of strategies and public policies, choice and costs of development, steering and management of teams, monitoring of biodiversity ... communities and nature professionals in cities have always been concerned with the evaluation and measurement of their actions. More and more publicized, key figures and indicators of all kinds on nature in the city are multiplying.

This collection of articles proposes to take a little height and question the evaluation, to develop strategies and actions that are truly favorable to plants and biodiversity. Based on the results of studies by Plante & Cité and supplemented by testimonials from researchers and practitioners, it is interested in both methods, scales and tools of evaluation.

This document is an extract of the french publication N°5 - 2019 : Déployer la gestion écologique : concepts et pratiques pour plus de nature en ville (

2018 > Adapting to climate change : working with nature to transition our urban environments

Cities are at the heart of issues related to climate change.

The multiplication of extreme events and environmental, health and social risks makes nature-based solutions no-regrets strategies. But how to lead this transition to a green and resilient city ?

Based on the expertise acquired by Plante & Cité and the testimonies of scientists and practitioners, this collection of articles presents a state of knowledge and suggests action levers to consider, today and together, solutions for adaptation for the long term.

It outlines the paths for the transition to more sustainable urban fabric models and provides the keys to articulate the three components of a successful transition and adaptation to climate change with nature in the city: understanding, anticipating and organizing.

This document is an extract of the french publication N°4 - 2018 : Déployer la gestion écologique : concepts et pratiques pour plus de nature en ville (

2017 > Manage with frugality : preserve resources by doing better with less

The current constrained budget contexts often lead to complex situations for the professionals of the city: how to do more with less? In these cases, both design and management, the environmental aspects are often placed in the background. This book shows how to turn adversity into an opportunity, by focusing on the economy of frugality to preserve natural resources, and to do better with less.

Resolutely positive and illustrated, this collection of articles shows the diversity of innovative solutions to manage with sobriety or better manage with recycling: sustainable public order, "zero-waste" sites, fertile soil creation, conservation biology, Ecological management and circular economy ...

For those who wish to go further, the publication ends with a selection of documentary references on the practice and the concepts associated with frugality.



2016 > Vegetal solutions for the city : choose them well and design

Faced with climate change and the evolution of our relationship with nature, restoring the place of plants in the city is a topical issue. Without attempting to impose vegetation throughout the city, this book proposes a global approach to green alternatives to the mineralization of the city, considering both their ecosystem services and the conditions for their implementation.

Organized in five chapters, this collection of articles deals with the services rendered by the plant in the city, the methods and tools to accompany and perpetuate its presence, and finally the existing mechanisms, from built-up streets, with their conditions of implementation, On the diversification of ranges for more biodiversity. Costs are also discussed. Highly illustrated, the publication ends with documentary references for those who wish to explore some questions.


2015 > Integration of spontaneous vegetation in urban areas : an ecological approach to weed management

Weeding is a topical subject that is often at the centre of many issues concerning urban areas, notably spontaneous vegetation.

This publication, organised into six chapters, addresses the integration of spontaneous vegetation, management planning, preventive techniques to avoid weeding, and weed management good practices. The regulations and underlying financial issues are also discussed. References are cited at the end of the publication for those who wish further reading on certain issues.

2014 > The benefits of urban vegetation - A study of the scientific research and method of analysis

Plants in cities are our allies in helping promote the health and wellbeing of urban residents, making a vital contribution not just to the quality of the living environment but also to regional attractiveness.

This study, which summarises the scientific research presented in recent international publications, has been produced by Plante & Cité with the support of the Umbrella branch organisation Val’hor, the association for horticulture, floristry and landscape professionals, as part of the Cité Verte (“green cities”) initiative, to meet the needs of politicians, professionals, local authorities and businesses responsible for designing, creating and managing green spaces and the natural landscape.

Our aim is to ensure that the benefits of urban vegetation are better reflected in regional planning decisions. To achieve this we have identified five major groups of indicators which can be used to evaluate the full spectrum of plant ecosystem services. We also present a diagnostic tool for analysing these benefits in order to help argue the case for urban vegetation projects, especially during the consultation phases.

This review along with full bibliographic references and the complete study are freely available to all on the Val’hor and Plante & Cité websites.


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