World Forum on Urban Forests, the first World Forum on Urban Forests

From 28 November to 1 December 2018, the city of Mantova will host the 1st World Forum on Urban Forests, the first World Forum on Urban Forests promoted by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), organized by the Municipality of Mantova, by the Polytechnic of Milan and SISEF (Italian Society of Forestry and Ecology), curated by an international scientific committee of experts headed by the architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri and Cecil Konijnendijk professor at the University of British Columbia.

Cities occupy only 3% of the planet’s surface, but they consume 75% of natural resources. While pollution, climate change and the use of renewable energy are now central themes on the agenda of governments and in public debate, it is vitally important to also focus on another crucial issue for the future of the planet, that of urban forestation. It is therefore urgent to reflect on how to make our cities greener and therefore also more inclusive, safer and richer.
The Forum will bring together over 400 experts from more than 50 countries around the world to discuss – for the first time all together – the importance of integrating green infrastructure into the grey infrastructure of cities. The benefits that urban forests can provide to the population in terms of sustainable economic growth, environmental conservation, social cohesion and citizen involvement will be illustrated with positive examples of urban green planning, design and management that several cities around the world have already put into practice.
The Forum aims to trigger a fruitful dialogue and confrontation between representatives of national and local governments, research institutes and academics, non-governmental organisations and international and national development cooperation organisations, town planners, foresters, urban foresters, tree growers, landscape architects, designers and professionals from other sectors. Each of them was asked to tell how they have faced or are facing the problem in their countries and what strategies to implement for the protection of the planet and sustainable urbanization.




More and more people are living in cities and this trend is destined to continue, as also indicated by the forecasts that, by 2050, 6 billion people (or at least 70% of the global population) will populate the metropolitan areas of the world. It is therefore necessary to focus efforts on a resilient and equitable development of cities, capable of tackling through sustainable models of urban growth pollution, poverty, food insecurity and degradation of natural resources caused by the increase in the density of the city population.

Green urbanisation is a concrete response to these problems: forests and trees in urban and peri-urban environments can bring important benefits to cities, making them greener and healthier, fairer and happier.

The ways in which cities can become green lungs will be explored at the Forum, where delegates from the 5 continents will be present, demonstrating the collective desire to undertake green urbanization as a way to reverse the ongoing environmental destruction.


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