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IUFRO News Vol. 44, Issue 2, February 2015

Read about IUFRO's contributions to discussions about the International Arrangement on Forests and, learn about the positive effects of urban forests and green space on people's health...

Executive Director Alexander Buck represented IUFRO at the second meeting of the open-ended intergovernmental ad hoc expert group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2) in New York. The deliberations on a future International Arrangement on Forests and the post-2015 Development Agenda provide member states, organizations and stakeholders with an opportunity to further strengthen the link between science and policy.

Currently, tree experts are working with the World Health Organization to develop guidelines for improving human access to green space in urban areas. The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals also include making more green space available, especially for young people and the elderly. In a press release issued by the International Society of Arboriculture, Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, a noted expert on urban forestry and urban greening in the department of landscape architecture, planning and management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and an IUFRO officeholder, gives example of successful cooperation between health and forest experts.

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