Urban Forests for Healthier Cities:
Policy, Planning, Regulations, and Institutional Arrangements
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
- What is an Urban Forest?
- What Challenges Do Urban Forests Face?
- Why Do Urban Forests Matter?
- Consider Context
- Multiple Stakeholders, Multiple Scales
- Introduction to Policy for Urban Forests
- Public Space Interventions
- Case Study: Greening Kuala Lumpur
- Introduction to Planning for Urban Forests
- Case Studies: Urban Planning
- Comprehensive and Strategic Plans
- Urban Forest Management Plans
- Case Study: San Francisco, CA, USA
- Case Study: Greening for Resilience in Melbourne, Australia
- Introduction to Regulations for Urban Forests
- Institutional Arrangements: Part I
- Institutional Arrangements: Part II
- Case Study: Evolving Urban Forest Management in Seattle, WA, USA
- Funding and Valuation
- Case Study: Expanding Urban Forests in Curitiba, Brazil
- Gaps in Knowledge
- Selected Resources