International Day of Forests-Making cities greener, healthier, happier places to live
Green cities
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21 March 2018, Rome - Investing in green spaces can help transform cities into more sustainable, resilient, healthy, equitable and pleasant places to live, said FAO ahead of the International Day of Forests (21 March 2018). More than half the world's population now lives in cities, and by 2050 almost 70 percent of the world will be urbanized. Although cities occupy only three percent of the Earth's surface, they consume 78 percent of energy and emit 60 percent of carbon dioxide.

Many cities are already demonstrating their commitments to a more sustainable future and there are many excellent examples of green urban development, according to a new FAO publication called "Forests and sustainable cities - Inspiring stories from around the world" also launched today on the occasion of the International Day of Forests.

Simone Borelli, FAO Forestry Officer, elaborates more on the theme for this year's International Day of Forests. Interview conducted by Murielle Sarr
5min. 03sec.
Topic(s): Climate change, Environment/Natural resources, Forestry, Water & Irrigation
Produced by: Muriel Sarr, FAO
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