Urban and Peri-urban Forestry
The unsustainable patterns of land use and the depletion of green areas associated with most urban growth raise important socio-economic and environmental issues to be addressed by decision-makers worldwide.
Tree resources and green infrastructure in turn play critical roles in making urban and peri-urban areas more resilient, sustainable and equitable, requiring careful consideration in national and international decision-making.
As member countries expect FAO to be a global leader in the field of UPF, in 2011 the Organization has undertaken a participatory process for developing voluntary guidelines to promote and optimize the contribution of trees and forests to urban development.
The outcome document, to be published by the end of the year 2014, will consist in a set of guidelines providing good practices and presenting significant initiatives taken around the world. The guidelines will aim at supporting policymakers and decision takers in the implementation of urban green infrastructures responding to the needs of a city and of its dwellers.
Forests and trees for healthy cities: Developing guidelines for policy and decision-making promoting urban and peri-urban forestry