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”?

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 families with nature. Since 2017, I have met hundreds of innovators developing and deploying technologies to create nature-rich communities around the world.

Worldwide eventsUforest International Launch

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. It is therefore necessary to rethink the way we plan and design our cities and find new ways to make them more sustainable. While this may be one of our biggest challenges, it is also a great opportunity to transform our societies and economies towards a new paradigm.

Urban Forestry InsightsSuccessful urban forestry needs evidence and guidance

From our long experience working with green space planners and managers, as well as other decision makers, we know there is a wish for better information and tools for decision making. But policymakers and practitioners often don’t have the time to go through scientific articles and hefty scientific reports. NBSI tries to meet this demand, by offering the latest research and evidence in easy-access formats.

Project UpdatesBlueprint for Innovation in Urban Forestry

The main objective of this report is to provide a first framework for assessing innovation factors influencing urban forestry. Through the analysis of 20 case studies on urban forestry best practices in the EU, this report offers an overview of urban forestry innovation in the European continent. This document will be used as part of urban forestry lobby and dissemination activities within the Uforest project, with the intention to spread the knowledge about the potential of urban forest as NBS for cities.

Urban Forestry InsightsThe potential of remote sensing in urban forest inventory

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 inventory techniques. The combination of this new data sources with machine learning techniques, open software and computing capability is the basis of a revolution in terms of forest inventory.

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 …