6.07.00 - Urban forestry

UNIT NOTICEBOARD

2020-11-16

CANCELLED: 3rd European i-Tree Conference

After much deliberation, it has been decided to cancel the 3rd European i-Tree Conference, which was scheduled to take place on 18-19 November 2020. Due to the current pandemic, we do not feel it is in the best interests of the delegates and speakers to come together at this time. It is hoped that the conference can be rearranged for 2021, and a decision about the dates and the form this will take will be made by the end of 2020. Thank you for your understanding and we sincerely wish the best of health to you and your loved ones.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 18-19 November 2020

Join us at the 3rd European i-Tree Conference, which will be held in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. Come and hear David J. Nowak, PhD (i-Tree programme lead), and Dr Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch (Professor of Urban Forestry) talk about the importance of urban forests in light of climate change and how i-Tree can be utilised to help secure funding for green infrastructure. Our other speakers will cover, amongst other topics, how i-Tree has been used to promote urban forests globally, and how communities have been engaged in active forest management. On day 2, we will be hosting an i-Tree workshop, which will be followed by a cruise, during which we will be able to see the beautiful canal-side trees of Amsterdam. We look forward to welcoming you!

Details: https://www.itree-europe.com/

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Coordinator:

Sreetheran Maruthaveeran, Malaysia

Deputies:

Wendy Yan Chen, Hong Kong

Marcus Hedblom, Sweden

Cecil C. Konijnendijk van den Bosch, Canada

Justin Morgenroth, New Zealand

David Nowak, United States

About Unit

Ongoing urbanisation of society has led to the increasing importance of urban green spaces as contributors to the quality of the urban environment and urban life across the globe. Forest and tree resources have a wide range of socio-cultural, economic and environmental values. In order to optimise these values in a sustainable way, within the framework of a range of urban pressures and problems, integrated approaches and research for the planning & design, selection & establishment, and management of urban forests and trees are asked for.

Urban forestry offers considerable potential to meet this demand. It can be defined as the art, science and technology of managing trees and forest resources in and around urban community ecosystems for the physiological, sociological, economic and aesthetic benefits trees provide to society (Helms 1998). Its study topic, the urban forest, ranges from urban and peri-urban woodland to parks, private gardens and street trees.

IUFRO Unit 6.07.00 has the aims to:

  • Develop urban forestry as an area of scientific attention.
  • Improve networking between urban forestry researchers worldwide.
  • Promote multi-disciplinary research into urban forestry issues.
  • Improve the exchange of information and experiences between urban forestry science and practice.

State of Knowledge

Reports on the state-of-knowledge of urban forestry (research) in Asia, Europe and North America have appeared in the following IUFRO publications:

  • Sievänen, T., Konijnendijk, C.C., Langner, L. and Nilsson, K. (eds.) 2001. Assessing the social values of forests. Proceedings of IUFRO Research Groups 6.01, 6.11.04 and 6.14 sessions In the XXI IUFRO World Congress 2000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Finnish Forest Research Institute, Vantaa.
  • Konijnendijk, C.C., Schipperijn, J. and Hoyer, K.K. (eds.) 2004. Forestry serving urbanised societies. Selected papers from the conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark, 27 to 30 August 2002. IUFRO World Series Volume 14. IUFRO, Vienna. See: www.iufro.org/publications/series/world-series/worldseries-14/

Key references for the current state of urban forestry in Europe respectively North America are also:

  • Miller, R.W., 1997. Urban forestry: planning and managing urban green spaces. Second edition. Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
  • Konijnendijk, C.C., Nilsson, K., Randrup, T.B., Schipperijn, J. (eds.) Urban Forests and Trees. Springer, Heidelberg.