There is increasing recognition of the important contribution of trees, parks, gardens, and other natural settings to public health and community welfare. By improving air quality, promoting physical activity, reducing mental stress and enhancing the immune system, trees and green space have the potential to help address problems ‘upstream’, through prevention – a more efficient approach than simply dealing with the ‘downstream’ consequences of ill health.
Many cities all around the world are in a period of confinement to try and limit the spread of COVID-19. This can be a very difficult time for some people and the importance of having a green space to interact with nature is stronger than ever. This survey aims to gather information on how citizens’ attitudes towards nature are changing during these challenging times.
So, if you are interested in contributing, please take our survey:
Cities4Forests helps cities from around the world connect with and invest in inner forests (such as city trees and urban parks), nearby forests (such as green corridors and watersheds) and faraway forests (such as tropical and boreal forests). We support our cities to better conserve, manage, and restore these forests. And we provide technical assistance to align local policies, knowledge exchange and peer-to-peer learning, and communication activities for our cities to take climate action together.
Following long preparations, the kick-off meeting of H2020 project REGREEN took place in Aarhus from 22-25 of October. 16 European project partners and one of the four Chinese, gathered in a colorful setting of Aarhus landmark building – ARoS art museum designed by Olafur Eliasson, while other Chinese partners participated remotely via video conferencing.
From the 4th to 6th of September 2019, the Metropolis Secretariat General participated to the launch of the Clearing House project in Bonn. Submitted to the European Commission in 2018 through its H2020 funding program, and CLEARING HOUSE was one of the two winner projects selected from a pool of 48. The project will foster Sino-European decentralized cooperation in expanding the knowledge of trees and forests in urban areas, and it will end in 2023. The partners of the project convened to review the project’s objectives and work plan.