1st Africa Forum on Urban Forests (5-9 July 2021) - Online Forum

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) are pleased to announce the 1st Africa Forum on Urban Forests (AFUF). The event will take place on the week of 5-9 July 2021 and, due to the prevailing COVID19 crisis and the associated travel restrictions, will be held online. Intrepretation EN-Fr (and vice versa) will be provided for the sessions falling under the main programme. The Forum is intended to be a technical meeting where to exchange experiences and lessons learned, and discuss possible long-term collaboration on the development of strategies for a greener, healthier, and happier future in Africa. On a wider scale, the event will aim to identify concrete actions to be taken at regional level in line with the Call to Action and the five standards proposed by the Tree Cities of the World program launched at the 1st World Forum of Urban Forests. It will also provide inputs and contributions to the FAO’s Green Cities Initiative development and implementation in Africa, as well as  to the implementation of the recommendations of the 22nd Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission held in March 2020 in South Africa.

A number of side events will be also organized by back-to-back with the event. Details can be found in the programme attached below.

In preparation of the Forum, a questionnaire for the collection of information on the state of the art of urban forestry and urban greening in African countries has been prepared. The answer will be compiled in a short report and presented at the Forum. As replying to some questions might require the consultation and collection of data and figures, you may wish to print a copy (see below attachments) and review the questions before starting to fill it in. We are of course aware that not all information will be available in each country, so please complete to the best of your knowledge. Click on the links below to complete the questionnaire in your preferred language: English, French, Portuguese

Announcement: Announcement   

Programme: Programme   Ordre du jour 

Link to register: https://fao.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q5OkxOrBQ_uJsw02C2vueA  

Zoom links to access the different sessions: provided in the headers of the above programme


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! 


Third Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting - Forum (online)

Due to the prevailing COVID19 crisis and the associated travel restrictions, FAO and the Royal Forestry Department of Thailand have decided to postpone the Third Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting to October 2021, exact dates to be confirmed in due course.

The event is co-organized with the Royal Forestry Department of the Government of Thailand and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and 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.

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

The programme will include three days of technical presentations and group discussions, and a day for field visits. A call for abstracts will be opened for the selection of speakers for the thematic sessions. Everyone is invited to contribute to the discussion by submitting the proposal for an oral/poster presentation.  

More information about the agenda, registration and logistics will follow in due course.



Urban forestry innovations to transform landscapes and well-being in the post-Covid-19 era - Past online event

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the Royal Forestry Department of the Government of Thailand and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration organized from 19 to 21 October 2020 an online webinar on “Urban forestry innovations to transform landscapes and well-being in the post-Covid-19 era”. The aim of the event was to keep momentum and bridge towards the 3rd Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting (APUFM), planned for autumn this year and postponed to February 2021 because of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The event was held online and hosted on the Zoom Platform. The recordings of the three sessions are accessible below.

Session 1 - Key challenges and urban forestry solutions (19 October, 2.00-3.30 p.m. - Bangkok time) - Recordings of the session available here

Session 2 - Innovations in urban forestry and arboriculture (20 October, 2.00-3.30 p.m. - Bangkok time) - Recordings of the session available here

Session 3 - Turning aspirations to actions (21 October, 2.00-3.30 p.m. - Bangkok time) - Recordings of the session available here

Programme of the event: Programme   


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:  Friday, June 18, 2021