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EFUF 2013

16th European Forum on Urban Forestry Conference
Milano, Italy,  7 - 11 May, 2013

THE WALKING URBAN FOREST: a dynamic green infrastructure for our cities

Urban forests and other greenspace that contribute to establishing a green infrastructure can drive citizen’s behaviors, improve the quality of life through decreasing levels of stress, stimulating social cohesion, and physical exercise and clean the urban air.

The conference will focus on “THE WALKING URBAN FOREST: a dynamic green infrastructure for our cities”, a topic that in recent years has become of more and more interest. The forum will explore different aspects of green infrastructure and how it is necessary to investigate the environmental and social benefits that urban forests and trees in the urban environment can provide. The forum also has the objective of studying the various forms of governance that characterize the urban forest at different scales.

Managers, planners, foresters, decision makers and all the people  who confront problems in relation to urban forestry and green infrastructure will be presented during this event.

Three  events in one

The 16th EFUF will be hosted by Milan, Italy, a city with a large hinterland where economic development has led to the phenomenon of the sprawling city. Over the past few decades, to counter this phenomenon, the Lombardy Region and local governments have supported a policy of encouraging the establishment of a green infrastructure, characterized by different types of forest, forestry plantations, farmland, social allotments, etc.

The organisation of the 16th EFUF is combined with the presentation of the interim results of the Project LIFE + Emonfur, which aims to monitor the lowland, urban and periurban forests and the role they play in contributing to a balanced environment and the social quality of the local communities.

At the same time 16th  EFUF is the occasion for meeting the experts coming from the COST Action FP 1204   “Green Infrastructure approach: linking environmental with social aspects in studying and managing urban forests”. In this way 16th  EFUF is unique occasion for: 1) increasing the understanding of the role of  urban forestry also in the context of green infrastructure from a scientific and a socio-economic perspective, especially  in terms of the ecosystem services; 2) identifying  priorities and challenges for future research; 3) providing  data set,  indicators and/or thresholds to be included by policy makers in local, national or international regulations about land use planning; 4) developing  guidelines for   planners and managers on how to implement urban forestry and green infrastructure approaches.

The 16th EFUF is a great opportunity for joining  all the people  involved with urban forests to learn from each other about all aspects of  green infrastructures  in Europe and from elsewhere.

The conference proceedings concerning presentations and posters are available for free download (Pdf file) on web pages below:


Organized by:


In collaboration with:


Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Production, Landscape, Agroenergy, University of Milan
Department of Agricultural and  Environmental Science, University of Bari
Department of Agri-Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Florence
Department for Innovation in Biological, Agro-food and Forest systems, University of Tuscia
Department of  Management of Agrarian, Food and Forest Systems, University of Florence
Institute of Agro-Environmental & Forest Biology (IBAF), National Research Council -  Rome
Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, University of Padua

IUFRO - International Union of Forest Research Organizations 

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