Cities4Forests revolves around 4 main themes related to the following big-picture topics:
WHAT WE OFFER OUR CITIES
Expertise to address forest-related challenges
We offer access to a network of experts to help cities tackle forest-related challenges. We engage cities through our Working Groups, events and one-on-one consultations.
Convenings and Forums
Regional meetings for participating cities
We bring cities and forest experts together for events at the local, regional and global levels.
Knowledge exchanges to learn from other cities
We facilitate exchanges between cities to promote knowledge sharing on forest issues. Exchanges may take place at conferences or targeted city exchange visits.
A curated collection of tools to help cities advance their forest initiatives
We provide curation, evaluation and guidance for the major tools available for forest management and decision-making.
Communities of practice for forest-related issues
We convene working groups to deliver technical assistance and create a network of support around forest-related themes. Sessions may include webinars, facilitated calls, online trainings and more.
Guidance on accessing funding for forest projects and green infrastructure
We help identify financing sources (including domestic, international, public and private sources), through a forthcoming database of financing “products” and targeted search assistance.
Facilitated sessions to encourage interagency collaboration
We facilitate collaborative sessions that allow representatives from different city departments to discuss forest issues of mutual interest and build relationships across silos.
Creative programs to engage city dwellers on forest issues
We offer guidance on how to communicate with and engage city residents in order to increase public understanding, support and investment for forests and green infrastructure.
Guidance on applying the latest research on forest issues
We help cities navigate the latest available research, data and tools for decision-making, including a forthcoming publication that synthesizes the benefits of forests for cities.
Forest Footprint and Sustainable Sourcing
Evaluating city impacts on forests and creating action plans
We are developing a “dependence and impact assessment” tool to identify city impacts and dependencies on forests (nearby and faraway). The tool also provides pathways to more sustainable commodity sourcing.