Urban and Peri-urban Forestry
In order to foster the exchange of information and provide a meeting place for nations, FAO coordinates and support the implementation of global, regional and sub-regional networks.
Silva Mediterranea Working Group on Urban and peri-urban forestry
Reference framework: Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions - Silva Mediterranea
Scope: strengthen the relationships among Mediterranean countries regarding the green infrastructures and urban forests towards the development of a networking strategy addressed to build a common vision for implementing UPF in the region.
Mandate: (i) develop a regional Urban and Peri-urban Mediterranean Partnership aimed at allowing the exchange of valuable information and experiences on the state of Mediterranean urban forest (as a component of the broader concept of Green Infrastructures) in the region; (ii) consolidate the horizontal partnership (Northern-Eastern-Southern-Western countries) and the vertical dialogue (north-south) between decision makers, scientists, technicians and associations in order to build a strategic and common vision of Green Infrastructure and Urban Forests (UFs) and raise the visibility of UPF up on the local agendas of Mediterranean countries; (iii) build a regional partnership to improve Mediterranean North-South networking in general, and countries’ policy networking in particular; (iv) raise local and regional awareness of citizens and stakeholders on the benefits and incomes related to the presence and good management of forests and green in and around cities.
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Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting (APUFM)
Scope: strengthen the relationships among Asia-Pacific countries regarding the green infrastructures and urban forests towards the development of a networking strategy addressed to build a common vision for implementing UPF in the region.
1st APUFM: 6-8 April 2016, Zhuhai, China. More than 200 participants from 17 Asian countries met in Zhuhai, China, to exchange information and experiences in managing urban and peri-urban forests in the Asia-Pacific region. The gathering unanimously adopted the Zhuhai Declaration which affirmed “our belief that forests and trees in and around cities are the key element to make cities in the Asia-Pacific region greener, healthier and happier and more resilient to climate change”
2nd APUFM: 13-15 September 2017, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Building on the outcomes of the 2st APUFM, FAO, the Korean Forest Service, the Korean National Institute of Forest Science and the city of Seoul organized a 2nd Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting. The event was attended by around 150 participants from 13 Asian countries, as well as number of international experts from Europe and the US. The Event resulted in the launch of the Seoul Action Plan, a strategic document organized on eight main goals to be achieved by cities to become more sustainable and resilient to global changes.
Latin-America Urban Forestry Meeting (LAUFM)
Region/Area: Latin America and the Caribbean
Scope: strengthen the relationships among Latin American countries regarding the green infrastructures and urban forests towards the development of a networking strategy addressed to build a common vision for implementing UPF in the region.
1st LAUFM: 7-9 June 2017, Lima, Peru. The event was organized by FAO and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF). It was attended by around 100 participants from 15 countries. The format included two days of presentations, including a round table and a half day of discussion organized in working groups. Presentation on their current work were made by 33 speakers and covered a wide range of different experiences and perspectives. In fact, in choosing the speakers an attempt was made to include different professions, i.e. foresters, agronomists, planners and landscape architects and to have a good combination of academia, public and private sector and NGOs represented. A number of proposals for follow-up activities such as the creation of a network and of a knowledge sharing platform were put forward by participants. Three offers to host the next meeting, to be probably held in 2019, were received from Colombia, Panama and Argentina (see FAO Press Release)
2nd LAUFM: 5-8 November 2019, Bogotá, Colombia. The event was organized by FAO and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, which kindly hosted the meeting. The objective of the event was to stimulate exchange among international, regional and local stakeholders interested in the decision-making processes, and share best practices, lessons learned and opportunities for the proper design, establishment, maintenance and restoration of urban forests and green spaces in the Region. It gathered together more than 150 people from the Region and beyond (see FAO Press Release)