Urban and peri-urban forestry

Urban forests can be defined as networks or systems comprising all woodlands, groups of trees, and individual trees located in urban and peri-urban areas; they include, therefore, forests, street trees, trees in parks and gardens, and trees in derelict corners. Urban forests are the backbone of the green infrastructure, bridging rural and urban areas and ameliorating a city’s environmental footprint. Urban and peri-urban forestry (UPF) is the practice of managing urban forests to ensure their optimal contributions to the physiological, sociological and economic well-being of urban societies. FAO supports the development of UPF actions, projects and strategies for the promotion of a sustainable and resilient urban development model.

"For the first time, more than half the world's population live in cities and towns. By extension, urban and peri-urban forestry is becoming the window through which people make judgements about all the worlds’ trees and forests. We must ensure that cities, trees and forests grow together to meet the needs of urbanized societies and to convey the importance of all forests to life on our planet”  - Eduardo Rojas-Briales, former Assistant Director-General and Head of the Forestry Department, FAO, Rome, November 2010



2nd Asia Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting: Acting together for greener and cooler cities

13-15 September 2017, Seoul, Republic of Korea

In April 2016, 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”. Building on that, FAO, the Korean Forest Service, the Korean National Institute of Forest Science and the city of Seoul are organizing the 2nd Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting in Seoul Korea from 13-15 September 2017. Its aim is to work towards the development of a regional action plan to encourage sound urban and peri-urban forestry practices throughout the region. For more detailed information on the event and its outcomes, please contact Mr Simone Borelli (simone.borelli@fao.org) or Ms Michela Conigliaro (michela.conigliaro@fao.org

Announcement         Provisional Programme 

Latin American and Caribbean Forum on Urban Forestry, Arboriculture and Landscaping successfully held!

The world’s growing demand for energy, food and housing, combined with a severe shortage of urban governance and planning, is leading to an unsustainable exploitation of urban forests and green spaces. This puts significant pressure on the natural resources upon which the world’s booming urban population relies. Building on a New Urban Agenda arising from the 2016 Habitat III meeting in Quito Ecuador, a regional event was held in Lima (Peru) on 7-9 June this year. The Forum, co-organized by the Latin American Development Bank (CAF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), was addressed to facilitate exchange and sharing of Urban Forestry-related information, experiences, expertise and knowledge within the Region and start paving the way towards the development and implementation of a regional strategy on Urban Forestry. The event was successfully attended by some 100 participants including international, regional and local stakeholders interested in decision-making processes, best practices, lessons learned and opportunities for the proper design, establishment, maintenance and restoration of urban forests and green spaces in urban areas. A number of interesting proposals for follow-up activities were put forward by participants. The proceedings of the event are currently under preparation and are expected to be published by end-September this year. For more information on the event, please contact Mr Simone Borelli (simone.borelli@fao.org) or Ms Michela Conigliaro (michela.conigliaro@fao.org

Spanish version of the FAO guidelines on urban and peri-urban forestry finally available!

We are pleased to announce that the Spanish version of the FAO guidelines on urban and peri-urban forestry was launched in Madrid last 26th May, in the framework of the special event “Bosques urbanos y periurbanos, directrices internacionales y líneas de investigación: presentación de las Directrices sobre silvicultura urbana y periurbana de la FAO”. For more information on the event, we invite you to access the session “Events” on the left sidebar of this webpage. To download the digital version of the publication Directrices para la silvicultura urbana y periurbana – please access the FAO Document Repository by clicking here 

Introducing the Trees for the Cities DGroup

Urban and peri-urban forestry (UPF) has been gaining attention in recent years as a valuable tool for addressing a number of urban challenges in the development of a more sustainable and resilient city model. In response, FAO has created the Trees for the Cities discussion group (using the DGroups platform) to meet the rising demand for a dialogue platform to facilitate regular exchanges and conversations worldwide, regionally and locally among the urban forestry community. This DGroup fills the spaces between meetings of international and regional fora concerning management of trees and forests in urban areas and involving researchers, organizations, institutions, and city managers and administrators. This discussion group can promote and foster the integration of UPF in the governance of cities and raise awareness of the wide range of benefits that trees and forests can provide to urban communities. To join the DGroup and contribute to the discussion, click here

last updated:  Monday, July 24, 2017