Urban Forestry InsightsCan technology help us assess our city’s greenery?

Photo credit: Ignacio Brosa (Unsplash) People need and want nature in their lives. Our technological advancement has made us blind to the changes that happen in our cities. The road to industrial development has led to a decrease in green infrastructure inside cities. While a country or city may have a high green space per …

Project UpdatesUnlocking the Potential of Urban Forests

Background and guidelines to develop a local Urban Forestry Action Plan In recent years, there has been increasing interest about urban forestry as efficient nature-based approach to tackle many challenges connected to urbanisation and climate change. Faced with these challenges, cities need to build resilience through adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction measures to keep …

Urban Forestry InsightsWho are the innovators plugging into the “Internet of Nature”?

Photo credit: Annie Spratt (Unsplash) An opinion piece by Dr. Nadina Galle While many are willing to write off technology as the antithesis of nature, I’m swimming against this current. I’m on a mission to uncover discrete technologies as groundbreaking tools to proactively manage greenery, increase access to the outdoors, and connect children and their …

Worldwide eventsUforest International Launch

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 …