SDG 15 (II): Urban forests for future proof cities - Regional Forum 2022
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Session 7 SDG 15 (II): Urban forests for future proof cities


Policy actions for discussion


  • Ms. Paola Deda, Director, Forests, Land and Housing Division, UNECE
  • Ms. Tiina Vahanen, Deputy Director, Forestry Division, FAO Moderator's welcome
  • Mr. Simone Borelli, Urban Forestry Officer, Forestry Division FAO




Policy action 1

What national and local policies and tools are currently available to support urban and peri-urban forestry so that it can effectively contribute to achieving agenda 2030, the Paris Agreement, and other global, national, and local goals?

Presentation : European Commission Directorate-General for Environment

  • Mr. Benjamin Caspar, Environmental Policy Advisor, Directorate-General for the Environment, European Commission

Moderated Discussion

  • Mr. Andria Basilaia, Deputy Mayor, and Mr. Giga Gigashvili, Head of Environmental Protection Department, City of Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Ms. Manuela Gervasi, Senior Policy Officer, European Environmental Bureau
  • Mr. Graham Alabaster, Chief, Geneva Office, UN Habitat

Policy action 2

What financing sources and financial mechanisms have been used and are available to implement sustainable urban and peri-urban forestry in cities?

Presentation : Forestami / Milano

  • Ms. Maria Chiara Pastore, Scientific Director, ForestaMi, Milano


Moderated Discussion

  • Mr. Erion Veliaj, Mayor City of Tirana, Albania
  • Mr. Keith Anderson, International Forest Policy Advisor, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland
  • Mr. David Elliott, Chief Executive, Trees for Citie

Policy action 3

How can cooperation be enhanced across sectors and boundaries, including with private owners and the community, to advance sustainable urban forestry as an integrative solution ?

Presentation : Management of Golovec urban forests

  • Mr. Andrej Verlič, Head, Nature Protection Unit, City of Ljubljana, Slovenia


Moderated Discussion

  • Ms. Carine Saloff-Coste, Head of Green Spaces and Environment Department, City of Paris, France
  • Ms. Bianca Baerlocher, Director General, ArboCityNet
  • Ms. Isabelle Dela Paz, Internal Councilor, International Forestry Student Association


Closing remarks

  • Mr. Simone Borelli, Urban Forestry Officer, Forestry Division, FAO
  • Ms. Liliana Annovazzi-Jakab, Chief, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber



  • Mr. Simone Borelli, Urban Forestry Officer, Forestry Division, FAO