Given that urban greening is currently an area of innovation, in the first stage, the emphasis should be on developing the core competencies adjacent to change, innovation, and the flow of change, especially at the level of managers, decision-makers who trigger, coordinate, and monitor change. Once these competencies have been developed, it makes sense to develop general competencies for implementing the strategy and vision related to urban greening, as well as specific competencies for a clear-cut implementation. Moreover, a clearer definition of the latter may result due to the development of core competencies adjacent to innovation and the flow of change.
The analysis of competencies and knowledge related to occupations in the Classification of Occupations in Romania that are directly equivalent to the European Classification of Skills, Competencies, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) indicates the existence of competencies directly related to urban greening – but totally insufficient in relation to European regulations on sustainble development.
Most often, the competencies directly related to urban greening refer to aspects related to green infrastructure (vegetation, plants, trees, lawn, green spaces, flora, fauna, water), but do not include references to its specificity in the urban environment. Some occupations also include aspects related to pollution, ecology, sustainability, environment, protection, conservation, climate change, however, except for the urban planner, the competencies and knowledge associated with other occupations do not include elements specific to the urban environment.
At the same time, updating the competencies that can support urban greening is a laborious process, which involves more extensive research in terms of period, theme, methods, and the number of subjects that should be interviewed. This may be the subject of a later step to continue this initiative (which has identified the current situation of reflecting on competencies directly related to urban greening and perceptions about the need for new competencies to support the development of this area).