With over 100 attendees, up to 50 speakers and 20 poster presentations, as well as fringe events held across the city, the 23rd European Forum on Urban Forestry is set to be a landmark occasion for the city of Manchester.
The European Forum for Urban Forestry (EFUF) has been running since 1998. The four-day event attracts delegates from around 30 countries. Attendees come not only from across Europe but from as far afield as China, Canada and New Zealand.
A firm fixture for the international Green Infrastructure community. EFUF attracts a diverse audience of all those interested in urban forestry.
Including leading researchers, municipal tree managers, senior government officials, consultants, project directors and policymakers.
Urban Forestry for a Resilient Future
Over 50% of people now live in cities. City dwellers are exposed to a whole host of challenges. Urban forests will play an increasingly important role in helping to create places that are resilient to the threats posed by climate change, poor health and economic fluctuation.
The 23rd Forum will focus on ‘Urban Forestry for a Resilient Future’. It will explore the critical functions provided by our urban tree resource. Making our cities resilient for the 21st century and beyond.
Global changes such as climate change, population growth and increasing urbanisation are putting unprecedented pressures on ecosystems across the globe. Cities are at the sharp end of these pressures but are also the crucible in which solutions can be forged.
Trees are silent witnesses to global change. Yet whether they are in great forests or neighbourhood streets they perform life-support functions at modest cost. To be resilient cities need to foster many solutions and urban trees are a vital part of that mix.
EFUF 2020 is using the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development goals and the European Union’s EKLIPSE framework to guide its conference themes:
‘Keeping cities cool and reducing flood risk’, ‘The air we breathe, the water we drink and the way we feel’ and ‘Trees and urban design’.
As well as the conference programme there will be an optional gala dinner and Saturday excursion. EFUF 2020 is being organised by Manchester City of Trees, the European Forest Institute (EFI) and the European Forum on Urban Forestry International Steering Group.