Urban and peri-urban forestry

Urban and peri-urban forestry (UPF) is the practice of managing forests, groups of trees and individual trees in and around urban areas in order to maximize their economic, livelihood, social, cultural, environmental and biodiversity values. UPF can serve a range of purposes and thus takes many forms, covering natural and planted forests and trees, forests maintained in watersheds or in drylands, forests and wooded areas, green spaces and street trees, as well as trees in urban/peri-urban gardens.

“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, Assistant Director-General and Head of the Forestry Department, FAO, Rome, November 2010

Sydney, Australia.©FAO/F. Salbitano

News

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Urban Forestry Research Center of the State Forestry Administration of the People's Republic of China, and the City of Zhuhai, China are pleased to announce that the 1st Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting (APUFM) which will be held on 6-8 April, 2016 at the Zhuhai International Convention & Exhibition Center in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China.
Background

Asia is currently the home to 53% of the world’s urban population and is projected to be one of the largest urban growth regions in the next two decades. Rapid urbanization can lead to increased heat island effects, air pollution, soil degradation, water shortages, food insecurity, poverty, and public health issues. Urban and peri-urban forestry (UPF) can help address these issues as it can provide a wide range of goods production and ecosystems services. In the Asia-Pacific region, there is growing attention and interest to the development and management of UPF. It is important, therefore, that countries work together to identify common challenges and issues, share information and experiences, and develop strategies and solutions through strengthened regional collaboration.

Objectives

The objectives of the meeting are to: 1) discuss the current status of UPF in the Asia-Pacific region; 2) exchange experience and lessons learned; and 3) discuss possible long-term collaboration on the development of UPF strategies and identification of nature-based solutions.

Programme

The meeting will be divided into two parts: a one-day symposium, followed by a half-day field trip and a one-and-a-half-day workshop. The symposium aims to present the current status of UPF in the Asia-Pacific region including an overview and case studies as well as relevant international experiences with a number of presentations. The workshop will involve a selected number of urban forestry specialists and will be more action oriented. The key challenges of UPF in the Asia-Pacific region will be discussed as well as possible solutions, strategies, and actions through which these challenges could be addressed at regional level among experts from different countries in the Asia-Pacific region. A field trip will be arranged to visit urban forests in the city of Zhuhai. For more details, please see the Preliminary Programme .

Organizers
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Urban Forestry Research Center of the State Forestry Administration of the People's Republic of China
  • City of Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
FAQs
Contact us

Please feel free to contact Mr. Simone Borelli (simone.borelli@fao.org) , Agroforestry and Urban Forestry, FAO or Prof. Cheng Wang (wch8361@163.com), Urban Forestry Research Center of the State Forestry Administration of the People's Republic of China if you have any further questions or need any further information.

last updated:  Monday, January 25, 2016