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Urban Forestry Update

Thursday, June 19th, 2008


FAO International Meeting on Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry – ?‘Trees Connecting People – In Action Together’ ?
Bogotá, Colombia, 29 July – 1 August 2008 ?
You are invited to participate in this FAO meeting, which will focus on promoting the role of forests and trees for healthy cities in developing countries. Abstracts can be submitted. For further information, see the first announcement at http://km.fao.org/uploads/media/BogotaEN.pdf. ??

Final Conference of COST Action E39 ?‘Forests, Trees and Human Health and Wellbeing’ ?
Hamar, Norway, 28-30 August 2008?
This final conference of an interesting research network that has focused on the contributions of forests and trees to human health and wellbeing is open to all.
For more information, registration, etc., see http://www.e39.ee/?News:Conference_in_Norway. ??

Conference ‘Landscape Ecology and ?Forest Management – Challenges and solutions’ ?
Chengdu, China, 16-18 September 2008
The programme includes a symposium on Urban Forest Landscapes in the Context of Developing Countries and Rapid Urbanization organized by IUFRO 6.14.00 Urban Forestry. As you all know, Chengdu and surroundings were recently hit by a devastating earthquake. The organisers have decided to carry on the with conference as planned, also in support of the Chinese colleagues. Some of the field trip programme will be changed. Information about this event is available at 

The Landscape Below Ground III Conference?
Lisle (near Chicago), Illinois, USA October 6-8, 2008?
Since 1993, the Landscape Below Ground conferences have provided a forum for presentation of the latest research and management practices on all aspects of tree root development in urban soils. Their impact on arboriculture and urban forestry has been significant. In this tradition, the third Landscape Below Ground Conference will be presented by The Morton Arboretum and the International Society of Arboriculture on October 6-8, 2008 in Lisle, Illinois. There will be over 47 speakers from 11 countries. For complete program schedule, registration and hotel information, see http://www.LandscapeBelowGround.org ??

The 4th International Conf. on Monitoring ?and Management
of Visitor Flows in Recreational and Protected Areas (MMV4)
Montecatini Terme, Italy, 14-19 October 2008?
The MMV conference provides a forum for experts to exchange ideas and experiences related to the monitoring and management of visitors in recreational and protected areas. For further information, see http://www.mmv4.org. ??

The 12th European Forum on Urban Forestry – ‘Changing city, changing forest’?Amsterdam,
The Netherlands, 27-30 May 2009 ?
The 12th EFUF will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest), one of Europe’s best-known city forest landscapes. The Forum will look back and develop directions for present and future large metropolitan green areas. More information will become available at http://www.efuf.org. ?



FAO launches new website on urban forestryUnder the title ‘Forests and Trees for Healthy Cities’, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently launched an informative website about urban forestry (http://km.fao.org/urbanforestry/). The website includes, among other, a calendar of events, a repository (online library), and various interactive tools. The website is to be developed further in close collaboration with its users. ?



Two books published by Springer during late May look at various aspects of urban forestry:

- ‘Forest policies and social change in England’ (by Sylvie Nail) uses England as a case study to explore the relationships between forests, society and public perceptions, raising important questions about forest policy and management both now and in the future. The book includes chapters about the emergence and role of community and urban forestry in England. For more information, see: http://www.springer.com/life+sci/forestry/book/978-1-4020-8364-8

- ‘The Forest and the City: The cultural landscape of urban woodland’ (by Cecil Konijnendijk) discusses the relationship between cities and their forests over time, focusing on socio-cultural links. Chapters look, for example, at the spiritual and health links between urban dwellers and local forests, city forests as wild side of town and settings for art, and the role of city forests in community building. For more information about this book, see http://www.springer.com/life+sci/forestry/book/978-1-4020-8370-9?detailsPage=toc