Urban and Peri-urban Forestry
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”.
Side Event on Green Infrastructure and Urban Forestry at the World Forestry Congress - Durban, South Africa, 10 September 2015
"Green and Grey Infrastructure: The Contribution of Urban and Peri-urban Forests to Sustainable Cities"
Whether or not you are attending the World Forestry Congress, please join us in globally promoting the contribution of urban and peri-urban forestry to a green and sustainable future. A World Forestry Congress Urban Forestry side event will take place from 12:45 to 14:15 on 10 September, 2015 in Hall 5/6.
The objectives of this side event are to: 1) discuss the role of urban and peri-urban forests in the development of sustainable cities; 2) contribute to an increased understanding of the goods and services that urban forests can provide through concrete examples from different counties and regions; and 3) prepare for the global dialogue that will take place during Habitat III (2016).
Invited speakers and panelists include Dr Cheng Wang (Professor, Urban Forest Research Center of State Forestry Administration, Chinese Academy of Forestry), Ms Susan Braatz (Senior Forestry Officer, FAO), Mr Fabio Salbitano (Associate Professor, University of Florence, Italy), Dr Phillip Rodbell (Urban Forestry Specialist, United States Forest Service), Mr Errol Douwes (EThekwini Municipality of Durban, South Africa), Mr Zhi Ye (Chinese Academy of Forestry), Mr Giovanni Sanesi (Professor, University of Bari, Italy), and Mr Octavio Carrasquilla (Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina).
PS Food and drinks will also be provided, courtesy of the Chinese Academy of Forestry.
The aim of this module is to assist forest managers, forest policymakers and decision-makers, urban planners, urban foresters, arborists, private landowners and other stakeholders in assessing, planning and sustainably managing trees and forests in and around cities. The module presents common issues and challenges associated with urban and peri-urban forestry and provides strategies and tools for addressing these challenges, as well as for sustainably managing urban and peri-urban forest and tree resources. It includes case studies from a range of cities, countries and regions. This module includes the following components: 1) Basic knowledge; 2) In more depth; 3) Tools; 4) Cases; and 5) Further learning.
Working Group on Urban and Peri-urban Forestry (WG7) is highlighted in Silva Mediterranea Newsletter
This special edition on Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry presents the mandate, vision, membership and coordination of the WG7.
Bureau International des Expositions (BIE)
1 May 2015 - 31 October 2015
Mr Simone Borelli