Worldwide eventsBiocities: placing nature and people at the centre of the urban environment

Photo credit: bearfotos / Freepik Rethinking cities for a greener and healthier future For the first time in human history, there are more people living in cities than in rural areas. Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and this number is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. At the same …

Urban Forestry InsightsSuccessful urban forestry needs evidence and guidance

Photo credit: Cecil Konijnendijk In summer 2022 it was two years ago that the Nature Based Solutions Institute was set up by Johan Östberg and Cecil Konijnendijk. Both had experience from both academia and consultancy. From working with cities, national governments, and international organisations in over 30 countries, they had started to see the need …

Project UpdatesBlueprint for Innovation in Urban Forestry

Photo credit: Freepik A review of urban forestry’s potential for a healthier and more sustainable future Urbanisation is a global trend: according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), today 55.5% of the world’s population lives in urban areas and this number is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. …

Urban Forestry InsightsThe potential of remote sensing in urban forest inventory

Photo credit: Freepik A new way of quantifying and monitoring Urban Forest dynamics Nowadays, remote sensing is one of the most important technologies for forest inventories. The availability of open data from Copernicus constellation and national programs of aerial photogrammetry capture and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) has allowed the development of new urban forest …

Urban Forestry InsightsA Romanian perspective on Urban Forestry

Urban forestry insights from the Transilvania University of Brasov Faculty of Silviculture and Forest Engineering within Transilvania University of Brasov is the oldest forestry higher education institution in Romania, having therefore extended expertise in forestry, including urban forests.  Urban Forests management, as any forest management, is based on a roadmap that creates a shared vision …

Worldwide eventsUrban Forests, Forest Urbanism & Global Warming

Uforest at the UFFU ’22 What do we know about the mitigation and adaptation benefits of urban forestry? How can the climate benefits of urban forests be optimised through governance, planning, design, and management? What interdisciplinary and innovative approaches can be developed? These are some of the questions that international conference “Urban Forests, Forest Urbanisms …

Urban Forestry InsightsUrban Forests: nature in a small pot

Reflections on Barcelona’s Green Infrastructure The European Commission defined green infrastructure as a strategically planned network of natural and semi-natural areas, designed and managed to provide a wide range of ecosystem services. It can substantially improve the environmental conditions of cities and, consequently, life quality of citizens. Although the backbone of European green infrastructure is …

Urban Forestry InsightsEducating the future urban foresters

City of Trees – An inspirational package for pre-teens on the benefits of Urban Forests and urban trees Cities worldwide are facing environmental problems and commit towards a more sustainable development. To achieve this, we have to change the way we organise our societies. Education is a prerequisite for this change. Today, helping students to …

Worldwide eventsUforest at The Nature of Cities Festival 2022

From the 29th to the 31st of March, join The Nature of Cities Festival! The Nature of Cities (TNOC) is an international platform for transdisciplinary dialogue and urban solutions. The platform facilitates the sharing of diverse, transformative ideas about cities as ecosystems of people, nature, and infrastructure. TNOC produces publicly available programs, events, knowledge, and …

Worldwide eventsNew opportunity: the Green4C Business Innovation Challenge

Are you interested in the ways nature can promote health, wellbeing, and social inclusion? Would you like to start something of your own? Green4C is a three-years Knowledge Alliance project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, which aims at promoting nature-based solutions for health, wellbeing, and social inclusion. The Alliance brings together …