Cities publications

Forests and Sustainable Cities: Inspiring stories from around the world 16 April 2018 Recognizing the importance of the services provided by forests and trees to urban dwellers, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests proposed that the theme for the 2018 International Day of Forests would be “Forests and Sustainable Cities”. Collectively, the stories presented in this publication show that investing in green solutions can pay dividends while increasing the resilience and liveability of urban environments. [more]
Unasylva 250: forests and sustainable cities 12 April 2018 Cities need forests. The network of woodlands, groups of trees and individual trees in a city and on its fringes performs a huge range of functions – such as regulating climate; storing carbon; removing air pollutants; reducing the risk of flooding; assisting in food, energy and water security; and improving the physical and mental health of citizens. This edition of Unasylva takes a close look at urban and peri-urban forestry – its benefits, pitfalls, governance and challenges. [more]
Guidelines on urban and peri-urban forestry 27 October 2017 Although cities occupy only 2 percent of the planet’s surface, their inhabitants use 75 percent of its natural resources. The world is urbanizing quickly, too: by 2050, 70 percent of the global population will live in cities and towns. Sustainable urban development is crucial, therefore, for ensuring the quality of life of the world’s people. Forests and trees in urban and peri-urban environments, if properly managed, can make important contributions to the planning, design and management of sustainable, resilient landscapes. [more]
Towards a Greener, Healthier and Happier Future. Meeting Proceedings 24 November 2016 Globally, 54 per cent of the world’s population was living in cities in 2014. This number is projected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050. Coupling this with climate change, cities are potentially facing a changing and challenging environment with increasing population, land use changes, environmental degradation, extreme events, economic crisis, and social injustice. In order to address the needs of urban dwellers it becomes crucial to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and especially SDG 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. [more]
Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Africa’s Urban Food and Nutrition Equation 1 March 2014 The world population is inexorably moving from its 7 billion mark in 2011 and will exceed 9 billion by 2050. Where most people live will have changed dramatically by that time: while in 2010 only about half were living in cities, by 2050 this ratio will be over two-thirds, at almost 70%. Much of this increase will take place in the rapidly growing cities of developing countries, most notably in East Asia, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. [more]

last updated:  Friday, April 13, 2018