1st  World Forum on Urban Forests

"Changing the nature of cities: the role of urban forestry for a green, healthier and happier future"

28 November – 1 December 2018, Mantova, Italy

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the City of Mantova, the Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology (SISEF) and the Politecnico di Milano are pleased to announce the 1st World Forum on Urban Forests.

The World Forum on Urban Forests will bring together representatives of national and local governments, research and academic institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), urban planners, urban foresters, arborists, landscape architects and designers and professionals from many other sectors to exchange experience and lessons learned, and discuss possible long-term collaboration on the development of urban forestry strategies and the identification of nature-based solutions towards a greener, healthier, and happier future.

Regional discussions have been ongoing in Europe and North America for a number of years and more recently have started in Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The growing participation in the virtual forum “Trees for the cities” as well as in other forums, groups and blogs on urban forests, green infrastructure and related issues, suggests that the time is ripe to initiate a global process to enhance communication and networking among practitioners, scientists, and decision-makers concerned with the environmental aspects of urban and peri-urban landscapes and particularly the urban forest and green infrastructure issues.

The key reasons for launching a periodical global appointment on urban forests and green infrastructure are:

  • Supporting the process of the New Urban Agenda and optimizing actions related to urban ecosystems and green spaces.
  • Creating an international appointment (through periodic worldwide meetings) for the urban forest and green infrastructure actors and stakeholders.
  • Strengthening the already existing international networking by creating concrete opportunities to meet and exchange experiences and build partnerships.
  • Launching a Mantova Green Cities Challenge towards a better quality of life in world cities.

The aim of this first Forum is to highlight positive examples of planning, design and management approaches of cities with diverse cultures, forms, structures and histories, which have used urban forestry and green infrastructure to develop economic and environmental services and to strengthen social cohesion and public involvement.  

 Looking forward to seeing you all in Mantova!

For more information, please visit the dedicated website



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 ( or Ms Michela Conigliaro (

Announcement         Tentative 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 ( or Ms Michela Conigliaro (

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:  Friday, September 28, 2018