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GLOBAL FOREST-CITY ACTION

With our partners, we are creating great gatherings around the world, in an effort to improve forest management and climate resilience in cities. To advance climate action, Cities4Forests contributes to a growing network of global, regional and local events by sharing knowledge about forests and their coexistence with cities.

  • 13 September 2018
  • 21 March 2019
  • 21 March 2019
  • 1-5 April 2019
  • 22-24 May 2019
  • 18-19 June 2019
  • 25-30 August 2019
  • 27 August 2019
  • 10 September 2019
  • 23-29 September 2019
  • 29-31 October 2019
  • 11-19 June 2020
  • October 2020
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    Global Climate Action Summit

    13 September 2018
    San Francisco, USA

    Cities4Forests was launched at #GCAS18 with 50 founding cities across 6 continents pledging to better conserve, manage,
    and restore forests around the world.

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    UN International Day of Forests

    21 March 2019
    Brussels | Belgium

    Event 1:

     “Innovation for sustainable buildings: Energy efficiency as part of their whole life cycle”

    Panel discussion

    European Parlament, Brussels

    Event 2: “The Role of Forests in Advancing EU Climate Action” Panel discussion

    BOZAR, Brussels

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    Integrating Green And Gray: Creating Next Generation Infrastructure Report Launch

    21 March 2019
    Washington DC | USA

    At this event, the World Bank and WRI will launch a new report, Integrating Green and Gray: Creating Next Generation Infrastructure, which explores how nature can act as infrastructure to help meet development and climate goals.

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    6th Mediterranean Forests Week

    1-5 April 2019
    Beirut | Lebanon

              Following the success of the Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week (MFW) in Morocco in March 2017, the Sixth MFW took place at the Grand Hills Hotel of Brummana, Lebanon on 1-5 April 2019. The Sixth MFW brought together a diverse range of participants to consider how Mediterranean forests can assist countries in the region to achieve their goals under the Paris Agreement. Held every two years, the MFW is a key platform for regional forestry cooperation and dialogue between the research community, policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders.

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    Urban Future Global Conference

    22–24 May 2019
    Oslo | Norway

    Join #Cities4Forests at #UFGC19 with #CityChangers.
    You can register through the Urban Future Global Conference website.

    PLENARY

    Scott Francisco
    Pilot Projects

    WHEN

    Day 1 – May 22
    16.00-17.30

    WHERE

    The Hub H2

    The City-Forest Nexus: Building with wood as a climate change alliance. From skyscrapers to pot-scrapers, wood is seen as the most viable material for making a sustainable built environment. What are the best practices and potentials for linking urban wood to the world’s forests and the people who steward them.

    SESSION

    Todd Gartner
    World Resources Institute

    WHEN

    Day 2 – May 23
    9.00-10.30

    WHERE

    DOGA D1

    Nature-based solutions for sustaining water resources. Sharing innovative and unique practices from Cities4Forests founding cities, including how to prioritize action on nature-based solutions to attract finance and investment, to address key enabling conditions, and to monitor and communicate results to residents and decision-makers.

    WORKSHOP

    Scott Francisco
    Pilot Projects

    WHEN

    Day 2 – May 23
    11.00-12.30

    WHERE

    The Hub H7

    The Cities4Forests Workshop brings together city policy, urban development and forests around the wood-city-forest nexus: how to link “wood urbanism” to forest conservation and climate goals, while harnessing the power of urban consumption to benefit global forests, including forest carbon credits, wood procurement case studies and forest risk commodities.

    Scott Francisco
    Pilot Projects

    When

    Day 1 – May 22
    16.00-17.30

    Where

    The Hub H2

    The City-Forest Nexus: Building with wood as a climate change alliance. From skyscrapers to pot-scrapers, wood is seen as the most viable material for making a sustainable built environment. What are the best practices and potentials for linking urban wood to the world’s forests and the people who steward them.

    Todd Gartner
    World Resources Institute

    When

    Day 2 – May 23
    9.00-10.30

    Where

    DOGA D1

    Nature-based solutions for sustaining water resources. Sharing innovative and unique practices from Cities4Forests founding cities, including how to prioritize action on nature-based solutions to attract finance and investment, to address key enabling conditions, and to monitor and communicate results to residents and decision-makers.

    Scott Francisco
    Pilot Projects

    When

    Day 2 – May 23
    11.00-12.30

    Where

    The Hub H7

    The Cities4Forests Workshop brings together city policy, urban development and forests around the wood-city-forest nexus: how to link “wood urbanism” to forest conservation and climate goals, while harnessing the power of urban consumption to benefit global forests, including forest carbon credits, wood procurement case studies and forest risk commodities.

    Note: Cities4Forests is not the conference organizer.

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    Initiative 20×20 Annual Meeting

    18-19 June 2019
    San Martin Palace | Buenos Aires | Argentina

    High-level meeting focused on “Private Investment and Public Policies” in restoration in Latin America and the Caribbean with around 120 participants, including 10 Ministers of Environment and Agriculture, 20×20 technical partners and 20×20 financial partners. Cities4Forests and its city representatives will show how cities bring added value in building capacity for investable, forest-focused projects in a panel discussion moderated by Cities4Forests researcher Sabin Ray.

    We will have 3 Cities4Forests representatives at the panel discussion:

    • Eugenia Correa, Mérida, Mexico: Director of Sustainable Development;
    • Jacileda Cerqueira Santos, Salvador, Brazil: Supervisor, Municipal Secretary for Sustainability, Innovation and Resilience;
    • Rodrigo Pimentel Pinto Ravena, São Paulo, Brazil: Chief of Staff, Municipal Secretary of Green and Environment
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    World Water Week

    25-30 August 2019
    Stockholm  | Sweden

    This event will share insights gained from Cities4Forests on the implication of forests and green infrastructure for water benefits at 3 scales: inner forests which regulate stormwater and reduce flooding risk, nearby forests which ensure the downstream provision of clean drinking water, and faraway forests which produce rainfall for the world’s farm belts. Cities4Forests – a voluntary coalition of 60 global cities involving mayors’ offices and supported by other subnational agencies such as water utilities and offices of sustainability – encourages city governments and urban residents to recognize the importance of green infrastructure to human well-being, and thereby better incorporate their conservation, restoration and protection into city development plans, programs and investments. Water access, security and management are benefits that all cities and people globally derive from natural infrastructure. Through first-hand presentations from city leadership, the Cities4Forests Secretariat, and partners, as well as a facilitated discussion with the audience, the event will provide a new avenue through which municipal leaders, practitioners and financial institutions are able to learn from city experiences, explore opportunities for partnership, evaluate investment pipelines, and take away tangible steps for increased action for water security and human wellbeing.

    Programme Schedule

    14:00

    Welcome by Moderator Todd Gartner, Director, Cities4Forests and Natural Infrastructure Initiative, World Resources Institute

    14:05

    Cities4Forests Overview Todd Gartner, Director, Cities4Forests and Natural Infrastructure Initiative, World Resources Institute

    14:15

    Panel Discussion on the Role of Trees, Forests and Green Infrastructure for Urban Water Security

      • Gabriela Morales, Manager of Water and Urban Resilience, WRI México
      • Tad Bohannon, Chief Executive Officer, Central Arkansas Water, Little Rock, USA
      • Claudia María Buitrago Restrepo, Director, Department of Environmental Management, City of Santiago de Cali, Colombia
      • Michael Brown, Environmental Finance Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco, USA
      • Greg Browder, Global Lead for Water Security, World Bank

    14:50

    Q&A with Audience and Panellists Facilitator: Todd Gartner

    15:25

    Summary and Wrap-up by moderator

    15:30

    End of session

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    Urban Transformations

    27 August 2019
    São Paulo | Brazil

    Invitee only Urban Transformations event hosted by WRI Brasil and FNP (Brazil’s National Front of Mayors) will discuss many topics related to urban challenges including the relation between cities and forests. The session will discuss how to manage conservation and restoration of green infrastructure to leverage benefits like mitigating GHG emissions, better air quality and biodiversity and watersheds protection.

    The event is invitee only.

    Moderator: Rafael Barbieri, Natural Infrastructure and Land Use specialist at WRI Brasil

    • André Fraga, Municipal Secretary for Sustainable Cities and Innovation, Salvador
    • Fernando Pieroni, President-Director of Instituto Semeia
    • Marie Ikemoto, Territory Management and Geospatial Information Manager for Instituto Estadual do Ambiente do Rio de Janeiro
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    Fire Resilience Workshop – Northern California watershed stakeholders

    10 September 2019
    West Sacramento | USA

    On September 10,  the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), in partnership with the World Resources Institute (WRI), Blue Forest Conservation (BFC), and the Rural Communities Assistance Center (RCAC), will host utilities operating in fire risk areas across northern California to learn more about how fire threatens their utility operations, gain insights into the Forest Resilience Bond (FRB) project in the Tahoe National Forest, and explore how to take advantage of innovative financing approaches and partnerships to protect their system.

    Todd Gartner, Director of Cities4Forests at WRI, will be leading the fire resilience workshop in our founding city Sacramento with the goal of identifying next steps to help utilities reduce their risk to wildfires through collaboration and proactive investment.

    For more information on the Forest Resilience Bond, please see this recent blog written on this exciting initiative as well as this explanatory video.

    If you would like to attend this free workshop and/or learn how to protect your system from the costly impacts of wildfire please contact Todd Gartner at TGartner@wri.org

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    Climate Week NYC 2019

    23–29 September 2019
    New York | USA

    Climate Week NYC will take place this year from September 23 to 29. Hosted in coordination with the UN and the City of New York, Climate Week continues to expand. The week will showcase amazing climate action and foster global and local discussions on how to do more. The anchor events of Climate Week are growing, and the number of events in 2019 is set to far exceed the 150 events of 2018 — which makes 2019 the largest ever held. Climate Week is run by The Climate Group, the international non-profit focused on accelerating climate action.

    Supporting the Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit

    During Climate Week this year, the UN Secretary General will be holding a Climate Action Summit, held every five years, on Monday. We are happy to announce that Climate Week will support the Summit by providing a space for leading organizations around the world to extend action far and wide outside of the UN building and throughout the whole week.

    In 2019, the week-long series of events at Climate Week will be organized around programs reflecting the core pillars of the UN’s summit. We invite businesses, governments and civil society to host events on the areas of energy transition, industry, finance, cities and regional action, natural solutions and resilience/adaptation – further program categories will be announced in due course. We will coordinate with the Secretary General’s office – allowing for multiple additional linked events and for everyone to have the chance to take part in this huge moment.

    In addition, the Climate Week Hub, due to being massively oversubscribed in 2018, will extend to two days – allowing a fantastic physical space for businesses, states, cities and the whole diverse frontier of global climate action to come together.

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    Environmental Markets and Finance Summit

    29–31 October 2019
    Washington D.C. | USA

    Join AEMI and Forest Trends for a high-level gathering of public, private and philanthropic communities in forestry, carbon, ecological restoration, water resources management and corporate sustainability.

    Connect and network with leaders from corporations, local, state and federal agencies, regulators, consultants, providers, and users of offsets, policymakers, nonprofits and universities.

     

    This working summit will advance natural infrastructure and tools that address climate change, including:

    • Leveraging public, private, and philanthropic investments in natural infrastructure for disaster resilience
    • Cross-boundary public and private investments for habitat, climate and water quality
    • Adapting market tools and methodologies for supply chain management of impacts on climate, biodiversity, communities and water.
    • Market-based mechanisms and strategies
    • Investment strategies with multiple benefits for climate, water, biodiversity, and communities
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    UNSG NYC

    11–19 June 2020
    Marseille | France

    This Congress will help shape global priorities for the coming decade — beyond conservation and across all of the Sustainable Development Goals. Become part of the action! Share your latest conservation work and gain institutional visibility with the media and with the Congress’ influential participants. Learn from technical and scientific experts, network and build global partnerships and influence the decisions that will impact your work and the world.

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    UN Convention on Biological Diversity

    October 2020
    Kunming | China

    The 2020 Conference (to be held in Beijing) will provide an opportunity to develop an integrated framework that applies to the Convention and both Protocols and can serve as a framework for other biodiversity-related Conventions and processes. It was mandated at the thirteenth COP (2016), which requested the Executive Secretary to prepare, in consultation with the Bureau and for consideration by the Subsidiary Body on Implementation, a proposal for a preparatory process and timetable for the follow-up to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

    A general view expressed in the draft proposals of the 2020 Conference is that the post-2020 global biodiversity framework should be more ambitious than the current strategic plan. To this end, several activities are scheduled across 2018 and 2019 to consider and make recommendations toward the proposed preparatory process for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (namely within SBI-2, COP-14, and COPMOP-9). Additionally, a leaders’ summit meeting is to be held on the margins of the opening of UNGA 75 (September 2020) to give political direction and momentum to the development of the post-2020 framework. In October 2020, COP-15 will consider the final draft of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework with a view to adoption.