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Urban Forests for Healthier Cities:
Policy, Planning, Regulations, and Institutional Arrangements

LEARNING GUIDE

Lumpinee garden and Sathorn building in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: tonkid.

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Main Question: What are some of the plans, policies, regulations, and institutional arrangements that cities can use to maintain, strengthen, and expand urban forests?

Who is this guide meant for?

City- and community-level leaders, urban planners, government and NGO officials, and other decision-makers and stakeholders involved in the planning, implementation, and management of urban forests.

What will you learn by reading this guide? After this guide, the user will be able to:

  • Define urban forests
  • Understand why urban forests are important to creating healthier, more livable cities
  • Identify key stakeholders and interventions relevant to urban forests at multiple spatial scales and levels of government
  • Explain the importance of integrated city planning and policy actions to conserve, manage and expand the city’s urban forests
  • Draw inspiration from a sampling of international “good practices” to meet multiple goals and objectives across the city

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