In this page you will find a list of selected UPF events organized by FAO or with FAO participation. For a comprehensive list of relevant UPF workshops, meetings and events please go to "UPF calendar of events".


COFO 2012. UPF side event

Green Cities for Health and Wellbeing – The key role of trees and forests for resilient cities

Rome, Italy - 28 September 2012

Cities are facing complex challenges related to increasing population and development of buildings and infrastructures, while they have to face impacts of crisis and emergencies: financial crisis, soaring food and energy prices, climate change and extreme weather events (island heat effect, rain and wind storms, floods and drought). In many countries, migration due to war and civil arrest add to the complexity. Consequences on food and nutrition security, poverty and environmental degradation, including depletion of biodiversity, need to be faced. Pollution and sedentary lifestyles are also affecting human health of urban dwellers. Optimization of forest and trees as green infrastructure is a key element of more resilient and healthy cities for all. FAO is supporting countries in putting in place multi stakeholder platforms of dialogue, between sectors and disciplines that still do not use to work together (citizens, local authorities, forestry, health, urban agriculture). While, the FAO “Food for Cities” multi-disciplinary initiative facilitates an integrated approach, FAO Forestry Department supports the development of strategic planning tools in urban forestry responding to local needs (e.g. Strategies and Priority Action Plans with special attention to woodfuel demand and supply, urban watershed management, desertification control). FAO is also developing guidelines for policy and decision making on urban and peri-urban forestry. Invited speakers from municipalities, international organizations, and governments will present the solutions they are putting in place in order to design, implement and manage greener cities within integrated landscape approach. The objective of the meeting is to share on the priorities in order to green the urban agendas and urbanize the green and forestry agendas.

Relevant documentation

Programme of the event


Custot, FAO Food for the Cities ; Gauthier, FAO-FOM ; Salbitano, University of Florence ; Nzala, Congo

Other material

Trees outside forest brochure ; AF Guidelines brochure ; UPF Guidelines brochure ; UPF WP4 wood-fuel in Africa ; Green cities for health and wellbeing poster

FAO session parallèle «Foresterie urbaine et périurbaine (FUPU)» / FAO parallel session "Urban and Peri-urban Forestry (UPF)"

4ème réunion plénière du Partenariat pour les Forêts du Bassin du Congo / 4th plenary meeting of the Congo basin forest partnership side event

N’Djamena, Congo - 19 septembre 2012

La 4ème réunion plénière du Partenariat pour les Forêts du Bassin du Congo (N’Djamena, 19 au 22 Septembre 2012) était une opportunité pour lancer une dynamique régionale d’échange et de dialogue afin de promouvoir la Foresterie Urbaine et Périurbaine dans les pays du Bassin du Congo. Les objectifs de la session parallèle étaient les suivantes : partage de l’information entre participants sur les points communs entre les problématiques relatives à la dégradation des arbres dans les villes et leur expertise acquises dans la région ; l’identification des opportunités pour promouvoir les recommandations en matière de Foresterie urbaine et périurbaine (projets, programmes, institutions) ; l’identification des priorités d’actions et d’un plan régional pour la promotion de la Foresterie urbaine et périurbaine. Les résultats escomptés du la session parallèle du groupe de travail Foresterie urbaine et Périurbaine étaient les suivants : l’identification des problèmes principaux rencontrés dans la région en matière de Foresterie urbaine et périurbaine ainsi que de l’expertise acquise dans la région ; la formulation de recommandations stratégiques dirigées aux politiques et décideurs pour mettre les problématiques de Foresterie Urbaine et Périurbaine sur leurs agendas politiques ; l’échange sur la création d’une plateforme régionale de discussion et de partage sur les problématiques et les bonnes pratiques relatives à la Foresterie Urbaine et Périurbaine ; la Formulation de recommandations pour la mobilisation de ressources ; la formulation de recommandations dirigées aux pays membres de la COMIFAC et son plan de convergence, les institutions et les partenaires au développement, pour des actions tant au niveau local, national que régional.


Journée thematique, programme (French) ; Marché d'Information, programme (French)


Beligné et al, Partenariat er décentralisation (French) ; Cléto, Plan de convergence (French) ; Gauthier, FAO - Michelle Gauthier (French) ; Marien, Bois énergie et urbanisation (French) ; Nkolo, Forets Communales (French) ; Rimgoto, Tchad (French) ; Samba, Bassin versant ; Brazaville (French) ; Tsobeng, ICRAF (French) ; Zougoulou, GMV (French) ; Conclusions et Recommandations (French)


FUPU poster - (French) ; Brochure Directives FUPU (French)

World Urban Forum 6
 FAO side-event

Green Cities for Health and Wellbeing: the key role of trees, forests and urban planning for resilient cities

Naples, Italy – 5 September 2012

Cities are facing complex challenges related to population increase and expansion of transport and building infrastructures. Cities have to manage the impact of crisis: financial crisis, soaring food and energy prices, climate change, and weather events. The consequences on food and nutrition security, poverty and environmental degradation need to be addressed. Pollution and sedentary lifestyles are dramatically affecting the health of urban dwellers. Green infrastructures, mainly forests and trees, contribute to build more resilient and healthy cities. Speakers from municipalities, international organizations and civil society presented the solutions they are putting in place in order to design, build and manage greener cities. They shared their experiences on how greener cities contribute to food and nutrition security, health, and green economy.

Related documents

Programme of the event: Green Cities for Health and Wellbeing


MCGUIRE, Welcoming ; MCRAE, Urban Greening and Urban Agriculture ; RAOUNAK, Urban and Peri-urban Forestry in Morocco ; SALBITANO, Green cities, healthy cities

Other material

Urban and Peri-urban Forestry Guidelines Brochure ; Forests and Trees for Healthy Cities  

FAO Workshop: "Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry for Asia"

Conference on Urban Green Spaces: "Green Cities-Green Minds"

New Delhi, India - 7 March 2012

Center for Urban Green Spaces, Aravali Foundation for Education, invited distinguished experts and a broad spectrum of stakeholders to deliberate, perhaps for the first time in India, upon issues  and challenges that act as hindrances to recognizing the potential vis-à-vis the existing status  of urban green spaces in India and the sub-continent. It encouraged very candid discussions  between various disciplines on issues related to urban green spaces and enabled participants to  share their perceptions, knowledge and concerns to build a common vision for our cities. The title of the meeting, Green Cities-Green Minds, emphasizes the fact that with more than 50 per cent of the world’s population now living in cities, urban green spaces have become the most important means to connect this overwhelming proportion of humanity with the natural world. This meeting sought to pave the way towards durable and informed contributions to the concept of Green Cities-Green Minds and foster enduring dialogue and collaboration among various stakeholders in urban green spaces. 

Relevant documentation

Proceeding of the conference

Proceeding of the Workshop

FAO Workshop on UPF

MEDways - Urban and Peri-urban Forests in the Mediterranean region

Florence, Italy - 16-17 December 2011

In the frame of the International Year of Forests, Urban and Peri-urban Forestry has been recognized as one of the important, emerging issues in forestry sector, addressed both to the environmental and to the social aspects, that can tackle a wide range of weaknesses and threats of the expanding urban world. Urban and peri-urban Forestry is well rooted in Central-North Europe and North America and it is emerging as a key-issue in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as in Asia. Quite surprisingly, despite the longstanding history of urbanization and the role played by the region in the past and at present in discourses and actions about cities, Southern Europe and the Mediterranean are still silent in developing a common strategy of communication and implementation regarding Urban and Peri-urban Forestry and, moreover, in debating the crucial present and future aspects of trees and forests living living inin the the cities cities and and inin their their neighbourhoods neighbourhoods.

Relevant documentation



FAO seminar for the World Habitat Day. "Cities and Climate Change"

Rome, Italy – 3 October 2011

On October 3rd, the FAO “Food for the Cities” multidisciplinary initiative celebrated the World Habitat Day 2011 dedicated this year to “Cities and Climate change” (information in the Cities and Climate Change: Global Report on Human Settlements 2011). It took place on the opening day of the World Landslide Forum hosted in FAO HQs. It has also been the kick-off of the month dedicated to urban and peri-urban forestry within the International Year of Forests. The seminar gave the opportunity to see how food, agriculture and management of natural resources (particularly forestry) can be integrated in the city agendas to cope with climate change and propose ways forward

Relevant documentation

Agenda ; Welcome remarks – FAO, R. Michael Martin (English) ; Introduction – FAO, Michelle Gauthier (English)

FAO workshop "Urban forestry: making the connections through green networks workshop"

14th European Forum for Urban Forestry 

Glasgow, Scotland - 30 and 31 May 2011

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in collaboration with Forestry Commission Scotland and Glasgow City Council, held an international workshop “Developing guidelines for decision and policy makers: Trees and forests for healthy cities”. Within FAO, the
workshop was organized by the Forest Conservation Service (FOMC), in collaboration with other Forestry Department units and the multidisciplinary priority area group on urban issues “Food for the Cities”.
The two-day workshop was held in Glasgow, Scotland, on the 30th and 31st May 2011. There was also an additional session held on the 2nd of June 2011 for regional mobilization. The workshop was followed by the 14th Annual Conference of the European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF) organized by Forestry Commission Scotland and IUFRO in the same city (1st – 4TH June 2011). FAO had invited experts and institutions interested in participating in the guidelines development process: practitioners, policy and decision makers, scientists and civil society representatives, involved at local, national and international levels. Participants were coming inter alia from municipalities and decentralized authorities, government and civil society, and the forestry, agriculture, landscape and energy sectors. 

Relevant documentation

4th EFUF programme ; Summary and main outcomes of the workshop 

FAO special session on UPF

XXIII IUFRO World Congress 2010

Seoul, Republic of Korea - 28 August 2010

Saturday, 28 August a special session on “Urban Forestry Combating Poverty — Building a Collaborative Stakeholders Dialogue” was organized by FAO, Michelle Gauthier and Expo-Milan 2015 Giovanni Sanesi. The session focused on experiences of the role of the Urban and Periurban Forestry (UPF) in different areas of the world. Speakers will bring lessons learned from the analysis in countries of Latin and North America, Asia, Africa and Europe. The session was an opportunity to improve the networking of stakeholders at international level, including United Nations agencies, local and national authorities, research and development agencies and private sector and civil society representatives. It also stimulated the on-going process of developing in a participatory and inclusive manner strategic decision making tools and guidelines for Urban and Periurban Forestry.

FAO presentation on UPF at AFRICITIES 5 

Marrakech, Morocco - 16 December 2009

The fifth edition was held from 16 to 20 December 2009 in Marrakech, Morocco, on the theme “The response of African local and regional governments to the global crisis:  promoting sustainable local development and employment”. Africities 5 was marked by the high appropriation of the event by the local authorities of the continent and its recognition by the ministers members of the All Africa Ministerial conference on Decentralization and Local Development (AMCOD), as the platform for assessing the implementation of decentralization policies in Africa.

EnrAfrique and UNCCD organized a session in which an UPF presentation was given. It focused on experiences witnessing the role of integrated management of natural resources (agriculture, water, biodiversity, land) in different areas of the world and more specifically, on the key role of Urban and Periurban Forestry (UPF). The role and activities of FAO were emphasized in view to address the challenges and to break a vicious circle of environmental degradation, poverty increase and economic instability. The panel discussion was an occasion to build the networking of stakeholders at international level, including United Nations agencies, local and national authorities, research and development agencies and private sector and civil society representatives. Finally, it stimulated the process of developing in a participatory and inclusive manner strategic decision making tools and guidelines in view of “Forests and Trees for Healthy Cities – Improving Livelihood and Environment for All”.  

Relevant documentation

Africities summit reports and documents

FAO international meeting on UPF. Trees Connecting People: In Action Together

Bogotá, Colombia - 29 July to 1 August 2008

FAO invited experts and stakeholders from various areas of forestry, poverty alleviation and urban development to share their perceptions, knowledge and concerns in order to build a common vision for their cities. The meeting emphasized two tactical objectives that must be met if urban forestry is to contribute to long-term and sustainable solutions for cities. Between the so-called green/soft infrastructure and grey/hard infrastructure are people with needs, aspirations, rights and knowledge. Beyond science is the art of dialogue.
This meeting sought to pave the way towards durable and informed contributions to the concept of Forests and Trees for Healthy Cities: Improving Livelihoods and Environment for All. Urban development should switch from its current approach based on the individual city, to a pattern of networking that links cities to rural areas – so the conservation, restoration, rehabilitation and forestation of forest and agroforestry systems become a daily reality for all. An FAO international meeting, co-organised with IPES, gathered worldwide institutions and experts, interested in building collaboration and partnership in support to the capacity building of  developing countries and countries in transition with the aim of optimizing the role of forests and trees for healthy cities.

Relevant documentation


FAO Workshop. Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry and Greening in West and central Asia

Countries Rome, Italy - 5 to 7 April 2006

The “Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry and Greening in West and Central Asia” workshop took place at the end of the Forestry Outlook Study for West and Central Asia (FOWECA) process. It has been an occasion to assess some possible solutions to achieve inclusive participation to tree promotion. The present proceedings report on the discussions and results of the FOWECA workshop and can serve as basic material for foresters and professionals for collaborating in the near future to promote urban and peri-urban forestry in west and central Asia. The workshop aimed to a) initiate a forum for information sharing on urban forestry in the region; b) identify and collect the complementary information in order to finalize the city case studies; c) draw recommendations for the promotion of UPFG in the cities of the case studies and their respective countries, as well as for the West and Central Asia region.

Relevant documentation

Proceedings of the workshop ; People, forests and trees in West and Central Asia Outlook for 2020 ; Livelihoods Support Programme paper on UPFG in WECA Countries

last updated:  Thursday, November 15, 2012