Urban and Peri-urban Forestry
World Forum on Urban Forests
1st World Forum on Urban Forests Meeting
Date and venue: 28 November - 01 December 2018, Mantua, Italy
Objective: the Forum aimed to highlight positive examples of planning, design and management approaches implemented by cities with diverse cultures, forms, structures and histories, which have used urban forestry and green infrastructure to develop economic and environmental services and to strengthen social cohesion and public involvement. More than 150 speakers from all over the world intervened during the parallel events, plenary sessions, focus discussions and side events organized in the framework of the Conference.
Participants: the event brought together more than 600 participants from all over the world, including representatives of national and local governments, research and academic institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), urban planners, urban foresters, arborists, landscape architects, and professionals from many other sectors.
Scope: (i) supporting the process of the New Urban Agenda and optimizing the potential of urban forests in contributing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals; (ii) creating an international appointment (through periodic worldwide meetings) for the urban forest and green infrastructure actors and stakeholders; (iii) strengthening the already existing international networking giving concrete opportunities to meet and exchange experiences and build partnerships; (iv) preparing a Mantova Chart, an international declaration including a set of recommendations for future collaboration on urban forestry towards a better quality of life of world cities.
Outcomes: the event resulted in the launch of the Call for Action and the Tree Cities of the World programme, both urging cities governments to take concrete actions to make cities greener, healthier and happier places.