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INSIGHTS INTO OUR WORLD

Presenting curiosities about nature and interesting facets about our cities, with an emphasis on the fundamental role forests play in protecting our planet. This series also includes summaries of our events, workshops and activities. While we advance a thematic approach to our coverage, we recognize there is overlap in the relation between climate resilience, water resources, biodiversity enhancement and better health.

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Antalya’s natural wonders

East of Antalya, the Düden River flows from the magnificent Taurus Mountains down to the Mediterranean Sea. Pomponius Mela, the earliest Roman geographer, gave its ancient name as Katarraktes because [...]

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Nature in the Urban Century: Cities Can Offer Solutions for Biodiversity Loss – If We Act Now

This century will be remembered as the urban century. Our generation will witness the most significant urban growth in human history. By 2050, there [...]

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The World Lost a Belgium-sized Area of Primary Rainforests Last Year

The tropics lost 12 million hectares of tree cover in 2018, the fourth-highest annual loss since record-keeping began in 2001. Of greatest concern is [...]

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45 Cities Pursue a New Urban Strategy: Protecting Forests Near and Far

Most people don’t associate cities with trees, but urban areas are actually dependent on healthy forests. Trees within cities reduce heat, provide spaces for [...]

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Wood as prime building material. What are the benefits?

Wood is becoming the global building material for innovative urban construction. Dozens of cities, like Toronto, London, Vienna, Vancouver, Tokyo and Lagos, are proposing, [...]

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From the industrial revolution to the green revolution

Manchester was a leading city of the industrial revolution, acquiring the nickname of Cottonopolis due to its important textile manufacturing industry. Many migrated to the city [...]

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Rediscovering the lost puma in Primavera Forest

Portland’s reputation as a bike-friendly city was enhanced by The Yellow Bike Project, a civic engagement action that in 1994 distributed 100 bicycles along downtown [...]

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The majestic volcano seen from Seattle

Mount Rainier, an active volcano of 4,392 meters, stands as an icon of the Washington landscape. On August 8, 1888, the famous conservationist John Muir, [...]

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A river runs through Detroit

Rapid expansion in Detroit over the last century has meant high levels of pollution for the city’s river. The situation was so critical at [...]

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The Andean bear: An emblem of Quito

A few years ago, a three-month-old orphaned bear cub in poor health, was rescued in the subtropical forests of Quito, Ecuador. The cub was transferred to [...]

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Latin American cities add their voices to a growing movement to protect and restore forests

Cities4Forests sent three Latin American city representatives to the Initiative 20×20 Annual Partners Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the event, Initiative 20×20, a [...]

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Wood urbanism: The power of procurement for forests

On 23 May 2019, Cities4Forests led an interactive workshop on “Wood Urbanism” as part of the Urban Future Global Conference that was held in the [...]

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Plant a tree this Arbor Day! The Festival of Planting

Arbor day celebrates the planting, upkeep and preservation of trees. Its history has strong roots that branched out across multiple nations. One of the [...]

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Toronto: Where the trees meet the water

Did you know that ‘Toronto’ the name of the city comes from the Mohawk word “tkaronto”, which means “where there are trees standing in [...]

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Anne Frank’s chestnut tree of hope lives on

For the two years that Anne Frank remained in The Annexe, the building where she and her family were hiding from the Nazis in [...]

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The sacred trees of Dublin

According to the Annals of Inisfallen, Caill Tomair, a sacred wood dedicated to the North Germanic god Thor, was cut down under the orders of [...]

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Nairobi: The green city in the sun

Uhuru Park in Nairobi has the same function as Hyde Park in London or Central Park in New York City: a green space in [...]

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Spooky spiders stave off malaria after freak flood

In the summer of 2010, monsoons dropped 10 years’ worth of rain onto some Pakistani cities and villages in less than a week leaving behind a [...]

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Cali: The city of birds

At the beginning of the 20th century, Frank M. Chapman, curator of birds at the American Museum of Natural History, conducted a series of expeditions in [...]

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A vertical forest helps kick pollution in Milan

The world’s first vertical forest was officially opened in October 2014 in Milan. According to lead designer and architect Stefano Boeri, “It’s very important to completely [...]

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The giant relics of Auckland

Kauri trees were considered by Māori to be the kings of New Zealand’s forest. These giants can reach over 50 meters and are also one [...]

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How trees can save us from pollution

Up to 90% of the global population living in cities in 2014 was exposed to particulate matter that exceeded air quality guidelines, according to [...]

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How Do giants grow so tall?

On 25 August 2006, in a remote area of Redwood National Park, naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor discovered the tallest tree in the [...]

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Celebrating the Value of Forests to Cities

Celebrating the “Forest and Education” theme of this year’s UN International Day of Forests on 21 March 2019, two key events involving Cities4Forests took place [...]

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Where every drop of water counts

In Amman, the arid capital of Jordan, water scarcity has always been a problem, and it is getting worse due to the immigration and climate [...]

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Quito: Leading Global Climate and Forest Action

On 18 March 2019, at the headquarters of Quito’s Environment Secretariat, 25 representatives from Quito’s city hall, Ecuador’s national government, and several local NGO [...]

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From the industrial revolution to the green revolution

Manchester was a leading city of the industrial revolution, acquiring the nickname of Cottonopolis due to its important textile manufacturing industry. Many migrated to the city [...]

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Hibakujumoku, the survivor trees

On 6 August 1945, the first atomic bomb used as a weapon of war was launched on Hiroshima.The city was destroyed and hundreds of [...]

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Are mangroves ecosystems the richest carbon storage?

Mangroves grow along tropical coasts and are unique amongst the world’s plants: they are adapted to live in harsh coastal conditions with high levels [...]

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The imperial gardens of Vienna

The Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria, was the residence of the Habsburg emperors from the 18th century to early 20th century. During the reign of Empress [...]

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What can lichens tell us about air quality?

Lichens are strange organisms that occur as crusty patches or bushy growths on trees, rocks and bare ground and are composed by a fungus [...]

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A forest relict in Brussels

The Sonian Forest to the southeast of Brussels is dominated by beech trees and their related biodiversity. Due to the extraordinary evolution of this beech tree [...]