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About

WHY DO CITIES NEED FORESTS?

Cities4Forests is an initiative that aims to catalyze political, social, and economic support among city governments and urban residents to integrate the inner, nearby and faraway forests into city development plans and programs. Cities4Forests cultivates awareness on the part of urban residents to recognize the important role of forests and trees to human wellbeing, and stimulates action to better conserve, manage, and restore those forests.

The world is urbanising rapidly and more people than ever live in cities. To make our cities liveable and climate-resilient, Cities4Forests is bringing cities together to better conserve, manage, and restore forests: including ‘inner’ urban forestry in the urban environment; green corridors and ‘nearby’ forests, supplying clean water, jobs, and recreation; and ‘faraway’ forests helping to keep climate change in check. Cities4Forests supports peer-to-peer learning, and provides technical assistance to align policies and local action, highlighting the benefits of forests: residents’ well-being & health, urban climate resilience, water management and biodiversity.

Cities4Forests contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
with a focus on SDG 3, 6, 11, 13, 15 and 17.

WHAT WE OFFER TO PARTICIPATING CITIES

Technical
assistance

Expertise on
hard-to-solve
forest challenges

Toolbox

A collection of
recommended tools

Resident
Engagement

Creative programs to
engage local residents

Peer-to-peer
visits

exchanges to share
lessons and
demonstrate projects

Convenings
and Forums

Regional meetings for
participating cities

Strategy
Workshops

Deep dive
collaborative sessions

Scientific
advice

guidance on applying
the latest
science

Working
Groups

Support on multiple
forest themes needs
and opportunities

Financing
Guidance

Guidance on accessing financing for forests

Forest
Footprint

Analysis and strategy
to improve city-forest
synergies