Upcoming! Third Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting - Online Forum

FAO and the Royal Forestry Department of Thailand are please to announce the Third Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting, to be held on 25-29 October 2021. The event will build on the results of the 2nd APUFM (September 2017, Seoul, Republic of Korea), in particular on the Seoul Action Plan launched in that framework, and will include four days of technical presentations and group discussions and a day for field visits. Due to the current covid-19 pandemic crisis, the event will be held online.

Objectives of the forum will be to: (i) facilitate the exchange on the latest trends and development of urban forestry in the Region; (ii) provide a training/capacity building opportunity on arboriculture; (iii) brainstorm on concrete actions for the implementation of the Seoul Action Plan and the WFUF Call for Action. On a wider scale, the event will aim to identify concrete actions that will be taken to achieve greener, happier and healthier cities, in line with the Call to Action and the five standards proposed by the Tree Cities of the World programme

To register to the event, we invite you to compile the form available at the link: https://fao.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PUAnpcveSOapO2gojlzJZg.

A call for the submission of proposals for either oral or poster presentation is also open. You can submit your proposal by accessing the link: https://forms.office.com/r/5U20XYZYMd Please note that the deadline for submissions is Friday 24 September. Please ensure to register before the submission.

For further information, please send an email to: [email protected]

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Tree Cities of the World - Programme


Now more than ever, trees and forests are a vital component of healthy, liveable, and sustainable communities around the globe. Urban forests help define a sense of place and well-being where people live, work, play, and learn. 

FAO calls upon cities to invest in Forest-based solutions towards a more sustainable and resilient model of urban development. The Call for Action developed by FAO and its partners in preparation to the First World Forum on Urban Forests (WFUF) is intended to provide a vision of how cities around the world could use forests and trees to make cities greener, healthier and happier places to live.

As a first step towards the achievement of this goal, we invite your community to become part of the Tree Cities of the World (TCW) programme, an international effort to recognize cities and towns committed to ensuring that urban forests and trees are properly maintained, sustainably managed, and duly celebrated. This is your opportunity to connect with cities around the world in a new network dedicated to sharing and adopting the most successful approaches to managing community trees and forests.

In February 2020, 59 cities earned the TCW recognition! To celebrate this achievement, on 29-30 October 2020 FAO and Arbor Day Foundation held the first-ever Tree Cities of the World Conference. The virtual conference represented an opportunity for cities to share their success stories, learn about global urban forestry initiatives, and connect with peers from around the world. On that occasion, cities that had received the recognition as TCW in 2019 had the opportunity to present their achievements and sessions facilitated by national programme leaders were organized to share information about ongoing regional initiatives related to the issue and provide information on how to apply for Tree Cities of the World recognition in 2020. Click here to watch the video celebrating the first group of Tree Cities of the World!

The results of the 2020 TCW were officially launched in March 2021. For more details on this read: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/1391896/icode/

The full list of recognized cities can be found at: www.treecitiesoftheworld.org



Click here to join the Tree Cities of the World programme now!  


Trees for the Cities D-Group - Network

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 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.

Click here to join the Discussion Group now! 

last updated:  Tuesday, September 14, 2021