Urban Forests, first World Forum in Mantua
More than 400 experts from over 50 countries around the world will meet in Mantua to discuss – for the first time all together at the global level – the importance of integrating grey and green infrastructure in cities. The World Forum on Urban Forests will take place from 28 November to 1 December 2018 in Mantua.
The event is promoted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and is organized by the City of Mantua, Politecnico di Milano and the Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology (SISEF). The initiative is managed by an international scientific committee of experts chaired by architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri and Cecil Konijnendijkl, Professor at the University of British Columbia.
The event features sessions of conferences, debates, meetings and thematic discussions in three macro areas: past, present and future. The programme includes many free events across the city and a day dedicated to young people and their ideas for changing the world.
On 27 November, there will be a presentation of reforestation projects followed, in the afternoon, by a competition and an award ceremony.
The Forum will open on 28 November: the day will discuss the role of urban forestation in the past and how the presence of green in cities has changed over time.
Participants will also explore the benefits that urban forests can bring to the population in terms of sustainable economic growth, environmental conservation, social cohesion and citizen engagement, with positive examples of urban green planning, design and management.
On 29 November, participants will try to answer the question: “What are our cities doing today to expand urban forests and green spaces?”
Many topics will be covered during the day, including urban forestry, climate change, the role of big data in the evaluation of urban forests, green corridors, public involvement.
The third day, 30 November, will focus on the future, with innovative ideas for a healthier, more liveable, tomorrow. Finally, on 1 December, participants will go over the ideas put forward during the Forum and will take stock of the role of cities and the strategies to be adopted in the immediate future.
The event will also launch the Mantua Challenge: an international recognition programme aimed at celebrating cities that are at the forefront of creating an environment favourable to urban forest management.
In conjunction with the Forum, Mantua will offer a number of initiatives open to all to involve citizens in a reflection on the importance of urban forests: conferences and debates, but also concerts, exhibitions and installations, film screenings, excursions, activities for children and schools.