Greater Manchester joins global Cities4Forests initiative

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has signed up the city region to Cities4Forests alongside 44 other cities across six continents.

They are the first city region in the UK to sign up to the Cities4Forests initiative which according to their website was set up 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.’

The initiative was launched at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco on September 13.

At the summit, each city made a commitment to conserve and restore their forests while making residents more aware of the benefits of trees.

Greater Manchester will also benefit from a peer-to-peer exchange network to learn from other cities and highlight success cases, and a citizen engagement and communications package.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: ‘Our ambition is to make Greater Manchester one of the leading green cities in Europe and this year’s Green Summit put us very firmly on the path to achieving that vision.

‘We’re thrilled to be part of Cities4Forests and will be working with City of Trees and other partners to make Greater Manchester greener and healthier, the best place in the world to grow up, get on and grow old.’

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