Urban trees and forests are a cost-efficient and scalable nature-based solution that can play a key role for sustainable development and climate change adaptation and mitigation in cities. Many cities are strengthening efforts to integrate urban trees and forests into their resilience strategies and to develop or update urban forestry masterplans. However, while doing so, cities have faced many challenges.
This event provided a peer-to-peer learning opportunity for city representatives and experts to discussed how trees and forests can be integrated into urban planning, understand how trees can be sustainably grown in cities, and share experiences on innovative approaches to finance sustainable urban forestry.
City representatives, including from Barcelona, Mexico City, Moscow and Victoria, and experts shared examples and proven practices for addressing these challenges, and discussed with peers.
The webinar was organized as part of UNECE’s “Trees in Cities Challenge”, a global campaign inviting mayors to pledge, restore, protect, and sustainably manage urban trees and forests. Mayors are invited to make pledges for actions through 2022 and to join the community of cities exchanging experience as part of their participation in the Challenge.
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