Asia is home to more than 50% of the world’s urban population, and is projected to experience the world fastest urban growth over the coming decades. Depletion of natural resources, quality water scarcity, increased air pollution, and adverse climate change effects are among the main threats that urban administrators will have to cope with as a consequence of this fast urbanization process. If well-managed, forests and trees in and around cities can provide a wide range of socio-economic and environmental ecosystem goods and services towards a more sustainable and resilient urban development. In most Asian countries, however, the potential contribution of urban forests and trees to the livelihood and well-being of urban communities is still far from being fully exploited. This is mainly due to a lack of knowledge, expertise and information sharing on the issue, both at regional and at country level. To address this issue and foster regional exchange and collaboration on the topic, the 1st Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting was organized in 2016 in Zhuhai, China. The event counted on the participation of over 200 participants from 17 Asian countries, and led to the unanimous adoption of the Zhuhai Declaration, a final statement which includes recommendations for future collaboration on urban forestry in the Asia-Pacific region. Proceedings of the meeting can be found at: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6161e.pdf
The 2nd Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting, will be held at the K-Hotel in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 13-15 September 2017 and will build upon the Zhuhai Declaration to develop a regional Action Plan guiding countries towards the sound implementation of Urban and Peri-urban Forestry in the Region. We would like to invite you to contribute to this effort by sharing your experience with researchers, practitioners and technical experts from around the Region. If you are interested, we would like to invite you to submit an abstract to be considered either as oral or poster presentation no later than 30 April 2017.
The event will have a number of different sessions. There will be general session on urban forest governance at national and local level and five specialized sessions on: Design and implementation Air quality Green Economy Welfare and Health Governance and policy These will be followed by working groups aimed the designing the regional action plan mentioned above. As this is not intended to be a purely scientific conference, papers on best practices, as well as on technical and governance experiences are most welcome. The speakers for the various sessions will be selected on the basis of the relevance and quality of their abstracts. Some consideration will also be given to geographic distribution, to ensure that the Asia-Pacific Region is widely represented and to the type of contribution, to ensure that different categories of stakeholders are included. Selected speakers will be requested to present a full paper or an extended abstract no later than 15 June 2017. Airfare, board and lodging will be covered for speakers willing to submit full papers. For those wishing to present an extended abstract only, organizers will only cover board and lodging. For those who are not selected for oral presentation, there could be the opportunity to present a poster instead, based on the quality of the abstract.
Guidelines for abstracts, papers and posters are here. Please note that no financial support will be provided to those presenting posters. It will also be possible to participate without presenting a paper or a poster and there will be plenty opportunities to interact and to participate in the discussions during the plenary session, the field visits and the working groups. Details on how to apply/register as participants will follow soon. The proceedings of the meeting will be published as part of the FAO Urban Forestry Working Papers series. You can download the programme here.