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


We are pleased to announce that the 1st World Forum on Urban Forests was successfully held in Mantova last week. The event brought together more than 600 participants from all over the world, including 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. The event provided an ideal setting for exchanging experiences, sharing knowledge and discuss possible long-term collaborations on the development of urban forestry strategies and the identification of nature-based solutions towards greener, healthier, and happier cities.

Aim of this first Forum was to highlight positive examples of planning, design and management approaches implemented by 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. More than 150 speakers from all over the world intervened during the parallel events, plenary sessions, focus discussions and side events organized in the framework of the Conference. 

The event resulted in the launch of the "Call for Action" and the "Mantova Challenge", both urging cities governments to take concrete actions to make cities greener, healthier and happier places.

Support us in disseminating the Call for Action and in inviting cities to adhere to the Mantova Challenge by joining the Tree Cities of the World programme!

Call for Action - English           Tree Cities of the World Programme - English          

Call for Action - French           Tree Cities of the World Programme - French 

Call for Action - Spanish           Tree Cities of the World Programme - Spanish                      

Call for Action - Chinese           Tree Cities of the World Programme - Chinese                



EFUF2019 - Save the Date & Call for Abstracts

22-25 May 2019, Cologne, Germany

The 2019 European Forum on Urban Forestry invites researchers and urban forest professionals to submit abstracts for contributions. This includes – but is not limited to – applied as well as academic research, and perspectives/experience reports of professionals and practitioners. EFUF emphasizes the connection of practice and scientific knowledge, encouraging a variety of possible formats to contribute to the conference. Contributions may explore the urban forest as:

  • the healthy forest: sport, wellbeing and human health
  • the spiritual forest: culture, religion and art
  • the learning forest: research, laboratories and education
  • the co-designed forest: diverging interests, governance and urban forest management

Oral talks, posters and other non-commercial contributions are accepted. Abstracts (maximum 2000 characters) are only accepted in English language. They must not include figures, tables or attachment and should be related to one of the themes mentioned in the call for abstracts. Deadline for submission is 1st of February 2019. For abstract submission, please use the online system: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=efuf2019. The programme committee will determine whether a work will be accepted for presentation, considering the significance and/or the innovative character of the contribution. Authors will be informed on the acceptance of their contribution by the 21st of February 2019.

An International Waldlabor Student Workshop will be also organized in parallel to the conference, connecting energizing debates with energetic forest activities (see here for the call for the workshop, deadline 31 December 2018).

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 organized a 2nd Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting in Seoul Korea from 13-15 September 2017. The Meeting was attended by around 150 participants from 13 Asian countries, as well as number of international experts from Europe and the US. The Event resulted in the launch of the Seoul Action Plan, a strategic document organized on eight main goals to be achieved by cities to become more sustainable and resilient to global changes. For more detailed information on the event and its outcomes, please contact Mr Simone Borelli (simone.borelli@fao.org) or Ms Michela Conigliaro (michela.conigliaro@fao.org

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 (simone.borelli@fao.org) or Ms Michela Conigliaro (michela.conigliaro@fao.org

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:  Monday, March 18, 2019