Guidelines on urban and peri-urban forestry, published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), was launched in Quito (Ecuador) at the Habitat III Conference.
Forests and trees in cities, if properly managed, can make important contributions to the planning, design and management of sustainable, resilient urban landscapes. Trees make cities more pleasant, attractive and healthy places in which to live, as well as safer, wealthier and more diverse. The FAO initiated a collaborative process to develop voluntary guidelines aimed at optimizing the contributions of forests and trees to sustainable urban development. Scientists, practitioners and public administrators from cities worldwide were brought together to discuss the elements and key challenges of urban forestry. A smaller team of experts distilled this knowledge into this document.
A brief summary of the content of the publication can be found on the FAO Forestry webpage.
October 30, 2016 NewTerrain.