23 may. 2011

primer boletín bimestral de silvicultura urbana y periurbana de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO).



May 2011 (Vol. 1, No. 1)  (ver versión en español en formato *.pdf)

From the editor


Welcome to the first issue of the Urban and Peri-urban Forestry newsletter from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  

The aim of the newsletter is to be a tribune for all actors promoting Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry (UPF).  The objectives are to share information on an international basis and facilitate the exchange of good practice. The Newsletter will be issued every two months and available in English, French and Spanish.

To receive further issues of this newsletter, you are invited to subscribe to this newsletter by sending an email to FO-UPF-newsletter@fao.org with the subject: SUBSCRIBE UPF Newsletter - your email address.


News


UN International Year of Forests 2011 – “Forests for people”
The first Monday of October is World Habitat Day (UN-Habitat), hence in the framework of the International Year of Forests, October 2011 will be dedicated to “Urban Forestry.  This is a good opportunity to put urban issues high on the forestry agenda and to promote urban forestry in your region, country or city and to link with international efforts.

The FAO Communicators Toolkit is now available in multiple languages to assist in designing activities related to the International Year of Forests 2011.


FAO & Urban Forestry

UPF Guidelines Development Update
FAO has initiated this year the development of Guidelines for Policy and Decision Makers promoting Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry to be published by July 2012. These guidelines are being targeted at meeting the needs of Policy and Decision makers at the city and country executive level and should respond to key issues  common to various regions and stakeholders.  They will focus on strategic planning issues related to ecosystem services, governance, land-use, climate change and poverty.  


Concept Note for the development of the UPF Guidelines as been prepared to inform on the process and mobilize partnership and resources. Cities, countries, institutions and experts interested to participate can contact Michelle Gauthier, Forest Conservation Team, in charge of the FAO Urban and Peri-urban Forestry Programme.



Food for the Cities
The FAO “Food for the Cities” multi-disciplinary initiative brings together the various departments and decentralized offices of FAO to address the challenges of food and agriculture in an urbanizing world to achieve food and nutrition security, particularly for the poorest households. It promotes a food system approach centered on cities including the management of natural resources, with strengthened urban-rural linkages.



Greening N’Djamena, Chad
In Chad, FAO and the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources is implementing a project entitled “ Support to the formulation of a strategy and action plan of urban and peri-urban forestry for N’Djamena”. The 18-month project that will end in September 2011 has facilitated the dialogue between the various institutions involved and basic studies in order to build a common green vision for their city. The project has given special attention to the land use issue and the demand and supply of wood energy for the city. For more information, contact Djimramadji Alrari, Forestry Officer in the Forestry Department and National Project Coordinator.


Sharing knowledge and experiences


Metropolis Commission 1 Training Session “Cities and Climate Change”
The Commission 1 - Eco-Region of Metropolis held a training session “Cities and Climate Change” in Paris, France, on 15-17 December 2010. The meeting hosted participants from many cities (Addis Ababa, Brazzaville, Brussels, Caracas, Cotonou, Dakar, Ile-de-France, Moscow, Porto Alegre, Pune, São Paolo) as well as international institutions. Organized by the Institute of Planning and Urbanism, it emphasized practical aspects and experiences, with a special technical visit organized by Mayor Patrick Jarry, from the city of Nanterre. The 10th Metropolis World Congress “Cities in transition” will be held from 23 to 26 November 2011 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.


Chilean laws on urban arboriculture are old. Back in 1931, Article 12 of the Forests Act mandates towns to "establish lineal plantations and tree groups in or next to urban centres".  The National Forestry Corporation (CONAF), the Forestry Institute (INFOR) and the Chilean universities that teach Forestry Engineering are responsible for the management of the roles and forestry activities indicated in the same law, as far as arboriculture or forestry for urban settings is concerned. There are still many gaps to be covered in order to secure the development and conservation of urban trees.


Publications


Urban and Peri-urban Forestry Working Paper 4
The English version will be available soon.



Urban Forestry and Urban Greening is a refereed, international journal aimed at presenting high-quality research with urban and peri-urban woody and non-woody vegetation and its use, planning, design, establishment and management as its main topics.  The journal welcomes fundamental and applied research papers, as well as review papers and short communications. 


Upcoming events


FAO International Workshop, 30-31 May 2011 in Glasgow, U.K.
FAO is holding an International Workshop: “Developing Guidelines for Decision and Policy Makers: Trees and Forests for Healthy Cities”.  The workshop will present its results to the 14th European Forum for Urban Forestry in Glasgow on 1 June 2011.

14th European Forum for Urban Forestry1-4 June 2011 in Glasgow, U.K.
The theme is Urban forestry: making the connections through green networks.  Although a European event it has increasingly become a major international symposium with attendees from many regions.

2nd World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change, 3-5 June 2011 in Bonn, Germany
The themes and sub-themes of Resilient Cities 2011 have been designed in order to cover the key notions of adaptation to climate and urban resilience.Register now and be part of the international platform on urban adaptation to climate change that will shape the future of cities!


Opportunities



Michelle Gauthier
Forestry Officer, FAO
FO-UPF-newsletter@fao.org
http://km.fao.org/urbanforestry/

The FAO Forestry Department helps nations manage their forests in a sustainable way. It includes trees and forests found in and around cities.

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TO PROMOTE EVENTS, ADVIRTISE A NEW PUBLICATION AND SHARE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCES.

Opportunity for training: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Course Announcement
The course, “Planning and development of urban green space”, will be led by professor Cecil Konijnendijk at the University of Copenhagen from September 5 to November 4, 2011. Please contact Cecil Konijnendijkfrom more information.



Call for contribution: Photographic library
Photographs can replace a thousand words. The FAO Programme on Urban Forestry is seeking voluntary contributions to the Urban Forestry Photo Database. Photos should be sent directly to Urban Forestry Programme and should be provided with the following information: name of photographer, location/site, subject/description, date and authorization for FAO use. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more details.


Contact information


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