Globally, both cities and forests are facing increasingly urgent challenges, including the global climate crisis and the consistent threat of deforestation. While these spaces may seem vastly different, cities and forests deeply impact each other and face converging crises — as well as solutions. Cities stand to benefit greatly from efforts to conserve, restore, and manage forests through improved air quality, decreased flood risk, improved health outcomes, and more. With the right support, cities can take immediate action to protect the forests they rely on and harness the benefits they provide.
This webinar, hosted by World Resources Institute (WRI) and Pilot Projects, will showcase the latest findings and recommendations from a new report, Better Forests, Better Cities. The report evaluates the benefits to human health and well-being, water, climate mitigation, and biodiversity that forests and nature-based solutions provide to cities and their residents. It is the first report of its kind to synthesize global research on the benefits of forests for cities at three scales: “inner forests” (such as city trees and urban parks), “nearby forests” (such as watersheds), and “faraway forests” (such as large, intact, and tropical and boreal forests). This is the flagship report for Cities4Forests, an initiative that supports more than 80 cities around the world to recognize their interdependence with the world’s forests.
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