Urban forests are the local answer to global problems. Their benefits are numerous and affect areas such as the climate, biodiversity, health, tourism.
It’s vital to invest in green areas in order to make cities more sustainable, resilient, healthy and enjoyable places. Even more so if we consider the fact that over half of the world population lives in urban areas, a number that will rise to 70 per cent by 2050. Last March, on the International Day of Forests held on the 21st of March, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) insisted on this issue, illustrating the way forward to “reinvent” cities. Josè Graziano da Silva, director general of the United Nations agency, reminded us that, “well managed forests and trees in and around cities provide habitats, food and protection for many plants and animals, helping to maintain and increase biodiversity“...
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