Manchester City of Trees, the European Forest Institute (EFI), the European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF) and the HORIZON 2020 CLEARING HOUSE project invite you to join a 3-day conference on 'Urban Forestry for a resilient future' in May. The 2-hour webinars are 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 is part of the European Forum on Urban Forestry Semester 2021, a decentralised networking programme running from March to May with many diverse events.
This conference will explore urban forests through three main themes.
- 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 will highlight factors that play a vital role in the sustainable transition of cities. They will discuss the importance of ecosystem services provided by urban green and key challenges like the impact of climate and environmental change on woodlands. Join and learn more about the essential ecosystem services urban forests provide for health and well-being and explore how the urban forest can help towns engage with reconciliation ecology.
Have a closer look at our programme (4th - 6th May):
between 14:00 - 16:00 BST, 15:00 - 17:00 CEST
May 4th ‘Keeping cities cool and reducing flood risk’
Moderator: Pete Stringer (Resilience Manager, Manchester City of Trees)
- The value of trees in addressing urban risk - Karl Astbury, Senior Policy Adviser, Greater Manchester Civil Contingencies and Resilience Unit
- Bringing back nature into the city: The good practices of the Municipality of Milan - Piero Pelizzaro, Chief Resilience Officer, Milan Municipality
- IGNITION – Exploring Innovative Financing Mechanisms to Deliver Urban Green Infrastructure - Samuel Evans, Head of Natural Environment, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
May 5th ‘The air we breathe and the way we feel’
Moderator: Chris Baines (Environmentalist and broadcaster)
- Strategic green infrastructure to mitigate the health impacts of roadside air pollution - Dr James Levine, Senior Research Fellow School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham
- The "Natural" Health Service - Clare Olver, Programmes Manager, The Mersey Forest
- The Green Gym - Dominic Hall, Assistant Operations Director, The Trust for Conservation Volunteers (TCV)
- The air trees ‘breathe’: results from a mature temperate broadleaf forest under elevated CO2 - Prof Rob MacKenzie, Director, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research University of Birmingham
May 6th ‘Trees and urban design’
Moderator: Alan Simson (Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture and Urban Forestry at Leeds Beckett University)
- Fast Moving Landscapes - climate adaptation and urban trees - Prof. Greg Keeffe, Head of School of Natural & Built Environments, Queens University Belfast
- Trees and GI in the New Towns - Katy Lock, Director of Communities, Town & Country Planning Association
- Green living rooms in the city: a poetic approach to the urban green - Christian Dobrick, Senior Project Manager, West 8 Rotterdam
- Northern Forest x Grow Back Greener - Reforesting the North, recovering from Covid 19 and levelling up the country - Steve Connor, Chief Executive Creative Concern
Looking forward to seeing you online.