Workshop on sharing experiences on urban and peri-urban
forestry, Brussels, 28/01/2011
Urban and peri-urban trees and woodlands, the domain of urban
and peri-urban forestry, have a growing profile. In this context
it is important to continue to foster the sharing of experience
and expertise between researchers, policy makers and
practitioners to ensure that implementation of urban and peri-urban
forestry is based on robust evidence, shared learning and good
The EU Forest Action Plan (FAP) under Key Action 12
encourages environmental education, underlines the importance of
the protective role of forests and proposes to explore the
potential of urban and peri-urban forests. In relation to the
goals of the FAP an experience sharing workshop on urban and
peri-urban forestry is to be held in Brussels on 28 January,
2011 and hosted by the European Commission, in co-operation with
the UK Forestry Commission.
The objectives of this workshop are to:
- Review and share current knowledge and understanding of
structures, processes and information as well as management
decision-making practices used in relation to urban and peri-urban
forestry and their contribution to social and community
agendas as well as their interlinkages with other policy
areas such as climate change, urban development and urban
- Identify remaining gaps in knowledge and understanding
and propose further actions to complete the picture;
- Exchange experience of good practice in the policy
making, delivery and aftercare of urban and peri-urban trees
- Identify further opportunities for trans-national
collaboration in the development of urban and peri-urban
- Formulate recommendations for further actions that
reflect the discussions and help to fill identified gaps so
that the Standing Forestry Committee (SFC) is better
positioned to make recommendations about what needs to
happen, where, when and how.
- Conclusions and recommendations to be presented to the
European Commission and the SFC.
- The SFC may then wish to use these recommendations to
contribute to discussions on the future of the EU Forest
Strategy, the FAP and the post-2013 setup of Research and
Development as well as in the context of climate change.
- Participants may use the knowledge gained to highlight
the need for greater emphasis on identified priorities and
evidence gaps in their own country’s policy and research
- A Workshop outcome will be made available electronically
on the Commission website.
Format of the Workshop
One day meeting composed of moderated plenary sessions, which
- governance of urban and peri-urban forestry;
- societal and environmental benefits resulting from the
good governance of urban and peri-urban forestry;
- management of urban and peri-urban forests as a resource
which require specific approaches in silvicultural
techniques, risk management, etc.
Each session will begin with an overview research paper,
highlighting the key issues, which will be followed by
presentation of examples of specific national/regional/local
experiences and moderated plenary discussions.
Approximately 50-60 participants. Participation by invitation
open to EU and MS policy experts, researchers, other policy
experts as well as non-directly forest-related stakeholders
(e.g. representatives from municipalities).
- Timing: Friday, 28 January 2011
- Duration: 1-day meeting
- Location: EC premises, Brussels