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 practice.
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 regeneration
- 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 and woodlands
- identify further opportunities for trans-national collaboration in the development of urban and peri-urban forests
- formulate recommendations for further actions that reflect the discussions and help to fill identified gaps so that the Standing Forestry Committee 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 Standing Forestry Committee (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 agendas
- 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 focus on:
- 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).
Report from the workshop
"The history and importance of urban and peri-urban forestry"
Professor Cecil C. Konijnendijk, University of Copenhagen, Chair
Briefing Paper 1: Overview on the urban and peri-urban forestry resource in Europe
"The physical (peri)-urban forestry resource in Europe"
Marcus Sangster, Forestry Commission, UK
The Lombardy experience
"The forestation of agricultural areas in Lombardia region - Italy"
"The afforestation of rural landscape in Northern Italy - new benefits and services to society"
Roberto Carovigno, Lombardy Forest Service
The Vienna experience
"Forestry office and urban agriculture of the city of Vienna"
Herbert Weidinger, Vienna Forest Department, Austria
Briefing Paper 2: Overview on the societal benefits of urban and peri-urban forestry in Europe
"The societal benefits of (peri)-urban forestry in Europe"
Amy Stewart, Forest Research, UK
The Bristol experience
"Bristol - a Management Perspective"
Russell Horsey, Bristol City Council, England
Briefing Paper 3: Overview on the governance of urban and peri-urban forestry in Europe
"The governance of (peri-)urban forestry in Europe"
Anna Lawrence, Forest Research, UK
The Swedish experience
"Stockholm’s Green Wedges – Concepts, learning and collaboration on urban and peri-urban forestry"
Ulrika Åkerlund, Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning
The Celje and Ljubljana experience
"The Context of Urban Forests and the Development of Urban Forestry in Highly Forested EU Country: the Experience of Celje, Slovenia" (slide show)
Robert Hostnik, Slovenia Forest Service
Video by the European Atlas project (UNEP-EEA-ESA) on turning old mining land into forests in the Ruhr district in Germany