A World First Event
Later this year from 28 November – 1 December 2018 will be held the first World Forum on Urban Forests promoted by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) in Matova, Italy. In preparation, Architect Stefano Boeri, designer of the first Vertical Forest in Milan has put out a call to action to all the world’s architects, urban planners, botanists, landscape architects & designers, geographers, tree growers, forestry corps, real estate developers, universities and research institutes plus many more, to consider that:
By 2030, 60% of the global population is projected to live in urban areas.
Cities consume 75% of the world’s natural resources and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions.
Cumulative emissions of CO2, together with methane and other greenhouse gases, largely determine global mean surface warming of the planet, causing ice melting, biodiversity loss and rising sea levels.
Forests and trees – which are at risk of continuous erosion all over the world – absorb nearly 40% of fossil fuel emissions largely produced by our cities every year.
Leaves and roots of a mature tree absorb CO2 through photosynthesis and help reduce the pollutants (responsible for a high percentage of respiratory diseases and premature deaths) present in the air.
If a single tree can bring great benefits to the city and its inhabitants, an urban forest can be an extraordinary help to improve the quality of health.
Boeri and his band of eco-architects believe that:
Cities, which are largely responsible for climate change problems, have the opportunity to become an integral part of their own solution , by increasing the number of forests and trees that can “fight the enemy” on its own ground (the city), using CO2 as fertiliser.
Increasing forests and trees in world’s cities can help absorb CO2, drastically reduce pollution, energy consumption and the “urban heat island” effect, increasing biodiversity of living species and making cities safer, more pleasant, healthier and attractive.
A global action on urban forestry will help to prevent global temperature from rising above 2 °C, the maximum acceptable threshold defined by the COP 21 agreement in Paris (2015).
They feel the duty to launch a global campaign on urban forestry in order to multiply the presence of forests and trees in our cities. Starting with these major actions:
Protect and increase permeable and green surfaces in the city
Create new parks and gardens
Transform city roofs into lawns and vegetable gardens
Transform perimeter walls and urban barriers into green facades
Transform urban voids and courtyards into green oasis
Promote community gardens and implement urban agriculture
Use tree roots to decontaminate polluted soils
Create a network of green corridors (tree-lined avenues, street trees…) to connect parks, forests, and green buildings
Multiply the number of green buildings and Vertical Forests
Create new orbital forests and woodlands all around our cities
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