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The 2nd International Forest City Conference

The 2nd International Forest City Conference was held on 6 and 7 April 2021, in Nanjing, China, sponsored by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China (NFGA), Nanjing Municipal People’s Government and International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) and organized by Nanjing Municipal Greening and Landscape Bureau, International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan (ICBR) and the Urban Forest Research Center of NFGA.

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School greening: right or privilege? The case of Barcelona

Previous CLEARING HOUSE blogposts highlighted the importance of school-related green and blue spaces for children’s wellbeing, especially during the COVID19 pandemic and for those living in disadvantaged neighborhoods. This new post presents a recent study published by VUB and ICTA-UAB researchers in the scientific journal “Landscape and Urban Planning” which examines the amount and typology of urban nature within and around 324 primary schools of Barcelona from an equity perspective. Results show that school-based exposure and access to urban nature is markedly unequal across the Catalan capital.

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Urban Forests: a valuable tool for building metropolitan green areas

Recent trends show that more and more cities and metropolitan territories are turning to Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) to help develop more sustainable, resilient and healthy urban spaces.  Urban Forests (UF) are a subset of Nature-Based Solutions that build on tree-based urban ecosystems to address societal challenges, simultaneously providing ecosystem services for human well-being and biodiversity benefits.

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CLEARING HOUSE City representatives discuss conflicts of interest in urban forestry settings

To share experiences and challenges faced when working with different stakeholders on the topic of urban forestry as nature-based solutions (NBS), city representatives from the CLEARING HOUSE project met online, focussing on the broad topic of conflict of interest. To kick-start the discussions, each city representative shortly presented the most prominent dissidence they experience in their city.

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Nature at the heart of the new normal: interview with Ukkel’s deputy mayor

Photo: Ev-Atsug Kopé-Yanss, Comité Parc Raspail

This blogpost is based on an interview conducted by CLEARING HOUSE researcher Nicola da Schio with Maëlle De Brouwer, deputy mayor of the city of Ukkel in charge of Green Spaces, in the Brussels Capital Region. Just after the first project workshop, Mme De Brouwer spoke about what the city did with its green spaces in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and about her vision for the future of Ukkel.

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Cities as “natural” problem solvers?

CLEARING HOUSE kicked off a collaborative learning process with first co-design workshop in Gelsenkirchen

What does Gelsenkirchen have in common with the Chinese city of Huaibei?

At first glance, not much. Nevertheless, both cities – along with Barcelona and Krakow, Hongkong and Beijing, among others – were selected as “case study cities” for CLEARING HOUSE (CH), the first Sino-European research project on urban forests.Read more