Better Forests, Better Cities

Better Forests, Better Cities

Cities and forests face distinct but connected challenges. As more and more people move to urban areas, city leaders need to provide resources for their growing populations and protect them from the impacts of climate change. At the same time, the decisions city leaders and residents make greatly impact the world’s forests at a time of widespread deforestation and rapid forest degradation.

City leaders can build a more sustainable future for cities and forests alike. Cities use their influence to protect, conserve, and sustainably manage all types of forests. With the right support, cities can take immediate action to protect the forests they rely on and harness the benefits they provide.

Better Forests, Better Cities is the only comprehensive resource available on the connection between cities and forests. It synthesizes hundreds of papers and reports to provide an in-depth look at how forests at all scales can improve human health and well-being, water security, climate change mitigation, and biodiversity conservation for the betterment of cities worldwide.

Authored by

Sarah Jane Wilson, Edith Juno, John-Rob Pool, Sabin Ray, Mack Phillips, Scott Francisco and Sophie McCallum