A 3-day webinar series on 'Urban Forestry for a resilient future' in May can now be accessed on the EFUF YouTube channel. The 2-hour webinars were targeted at practitioners, researchers, policymakers and people eager to learn about the manifold opportunities urban forestry provides to make urban areas more resilient. This event was part of the European Forum on Urban Forestry Semester 2021, a decentralised networking programme which ran from March to May with many diverse events.
Manchester City of Trees, the European Forest Institute (EFI), the European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF) and the HORIZON 2020 CLEARING HOUSE project held a 3-day webinar series on 'Urban Forestry for a resilient future' in May.
As part of the webinar series, European Forum on Urban Forestry speakers discussed how projects can improve resilience through tree planting. Key insights from the Greater Manchester IGNITION project also explored how funding can be acquired for this key climate resilience tool.
Theme 1: ‘Keeping cities cool and reducing flood risk’ – How our urban forests help to provide resilience, and what we can do to make them more adaptable to climate change and urban expansion
Theme 2: ‘The air we breathe and the way we feel’ – The role of the urban forest in meeting our basic life needs and addressing the challenges of physical and mental health
Theme 3: ‘Trees and urban design’ – How trees and GI are integral to the development of our towns and cities in creating places where people want to live, work and play and how forest products can help to reduce our carbon footprint.
During these sessions, speakers from Europe and beyond highlighted factors that play a vital role in the sustainable transition of cities. They also discussed the importance of ecosystem services provided by urban green and key challenges like the impact of climate and environmental change on woodlands.
‘Keeping cities cool and reducing flood risk’
Moderator: Pete Stringer (Resilience Manager, Manchester City of Trees)
Karl Astbury, Senior Policy Adviser Greater Manchester Civil Contingencies and Resilience Unit
Piero Pelizzaro, Chief Resilience Officer Milan Municipality
Samuel Evans, Head of Natural Environment Greater Manchester Combined Authority
‘The air we breathe and the way we feel’
Moderator: Nerys Jones (Strategic Greenspace Consultant)
Dr James Levine, Senior Research Fellow School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham
Paul Nolan, Director The Mersey Forest
Prof Rob MacKenzie, Director, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research University of Birmingham
‘Trees and urban design’
Moderator: Alan Simson (Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture and Urban Forestry at Leeds Beckett University)
Prof. Greg Keeffe, Head of School of Natural & Built Environments, Queens University Belfast
Katy Lock, Director of Communities, Town & Country Planning Association
Christian Dobrick, Senior Project Manager, West 8 Rotterdam
Steve Connor, Chief Executive Creative Concern