The State of the World’s Urban Forests

Resilience Blog

Every couple
of years, the Food
and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
publishes a series of reports under the name of The State of
the World’s Forests
(SOFO). These documents compile current
information on key issues concerning the forest sector to facilitate decision-making
and management processes in relation to the world’s forests.

The last SOFO,
published in 2018, for the first time ever discusses
the role of urban forests under the framework of the Sustainable
Development Goals
(SDG). In response to the accelerated urbanisation
coupled with climate change dynamics, urban forests are viewed as a valuable
contribution to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient
and sustainable” (SDG 11). Both in theory and practice, urban forests and trees
have a positive impact on urban environmental conditions and citizens´
livelihoods and well-being.

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