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Cities4Forests is proud to work with 60 cities from around the world. We are now offering some web content in various languages. In May, we were in Oslo for the Urban Future Global Conference, then in June we were in Buenos Aires for Initiative 20x20's Annual Meeting of Partners. We also appeared in the Turkish and Norwegian press, and we helped our cities plant thousands of trees with the support of OneTreePlanted.
 Learn more below:

Spotlight

King County, Washington launched a pioneering forest carbon program, becoming the first U.S. local government to offer certified carbon credits that protect local urban and rural forests. The county estimates that the program will store at least 100,000 metric tons of CO2 in the first five years.

Updates

April-June | Planting Thousands of Trees in 13 Cities

Together with OneTreePlanted, we planted a total of 3,306 trees in Accra, Antalya, Antananarivo, Campinas, Detroit, Greater Manchester, Guadalajara, Mexico CityNairobi, Philadelphia, Quito, Salem and Skopje. Stay tuned for more tree planting opportunities with Cities4Forests and OneTreePlanted.

21 May | High-Level Cities4Forests Exchange in Oslo

Cities4Forests brought together founding cities, along with partner organizations, city agencies, and private companies to discuss the role of trees and forests in combatting climate change and to discuss the goals and priorities of five of our founding cities. Read the summary.

23 May | Wood Urbanism Workshop at #UFGC19 in Oslo

The Wood Urbanism Workshop, led by Cities4Forests Director Scott Francisco, brought together over 20 urban leaders to review and innovate the procurement policies for sustainable wood and forest products in city development and climate agendas. Read the summary

18-19 June | Initiative 20x20 Annual Meeting in Buenos Aires

Cities4Forests researcher, Sabin Ray, from World Resources Institute moderated a panel with representatives from Mérida, Salvador and São Paulo, discussing how they seek to build forest-focused projects in their growing metropolitan areas. Read the summary

In the Press

24 April | Alanya Address

Antalya Metropolitan Municipality organized a tree-planting event with the support of Cities4Forests and OneTreePlanted. Volunteers planted olive, pine and orange trees in the Antalya Culture Center (AKM) garden. Read more (Turkish)

20 June | Norway News

Highlights of the High-Level Cities4Forests Exchange hosted at the City Hall of Oslo with over 45 attendees and five Cities4Forests founding city representatives.
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Recommended Reading

A New Tool Can Help Root Out Deforestation

More than 360 companies committed to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains by 2020. Most are not on track to meet this target. The new Global Forest Watch Pro platform can help companies be more effective at detecting and addressing deforestation in a supply chain or investment portfolio.

A Global Picture of the State of Nature

In May 2019, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) launched a report on biodiversity and ecosystem services, designed to help policy makers make the case for conservation. Dr. Sarah Wilson, Cities4Forests Faraway Forests Lead contributed to the report.

The Netherlands Issues Massive Green Bond

The conservation finance market hit a new record as the Dutch government issued one of the largest green bonds ever: €5.98 billion (roughly US$6.8 billion) for low-carbon development and sustainable water management. 

Resources

Book: Cities and Canopies

A new book explores India’s urban forests through recipes, games, historical anecdotes and mythological stories. Learn more

Learn more about Kochi, a Cities4Forests founding city in southern India. 

Book: Heritage Trees of Quito

Representatives from Quito presented the Cities4Forests team with an edition of The Heritage Trees of Quito, a compendium of tree species from across the Ecuadoran city.
Learn more

Learn more about Quito, a Cities4Forests founding city in Latin America. 

Coming Soon

Cities4Forests at World Water Week in Stockholm

This event will share insights from Cities4Forests cities on the management of trees and forests for water at three scales: inner forests that regulate stormwater and reduce flooding risk, nearby forests that ensure the downstream provision of clean drinking water, and faraway forests that produce rainfall for the world’s farm belts. Join us!

On Social Media

No Water No Life

💧More than 600 million people lack clean #water.  
🥀#Drought affects more than 35 million yearly.
🏙️By 2050, 1.3 billion people will live in flood-prone areas.

Find out how #greeninfrastructure provides solutions

Celebrating Pollinator Week!

According to @FAO, #bees and other #pollinators contribute between $235 billion and $577 billion to the annual global #food production through pollination💪 Happy #PollinatorWeek 🌻 @UNBiodiversity @FBiodiversidad

Reforestation in Kenya

#Reforestation update: #Kenya recently committed to increasing its #forest cover to at least 10% by 2022! We teamed up with @onetreeplanted for a planting activity in #Nairobi https://urlzs.com/ZFNYG  @KEFRIHQ @NemaKenya @NairobiCityGov @TheStarKenya

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Contact

Cities4Forests is an initiative by Pilot Projects, REVOLVE and the World Resources Institute (WRI)

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