Thanks to our 2017 partners, the Forest City Project took further steps in reconnecting urban habitats with forests: our exhibition was in the Cinquantenaire Park during the Brussels Environment Festival where we also partnered with UN Environment for the World Environment Day on 5 June (click here for the 2017 Impact Report).

Following the increased outreach of the public information campaign/exhibition to ‘reconnect with nature’ and the first Value for Wood Forum, we are launching the 2018 Forest City Forum & Exhibition on 21 March at Residence Palace in Brussels.

Here is a sneak preview of the 2018 exhibition panels:

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21 March 2018 ~ UN International Day of Forest 2018 ~ Forests in Sustainable Cities

Opening remarks:
EU Commissioner for the Environment, Karmenu Vella, video message

Thaís Linhares-Juvenal, Team Leader Forest Governance and Economics Forestry, Policy and Resources Division, FAO Forestry

Jeremy Wall, DG Growth, Unit C.2 – Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials

On the Future of Forest Work and the City Forest Alliance: Scott Francisco, Founder & Director, Pilot Projects

16:00 – The Future Is Now: Making Cities More Sustainable

How green spaces, parks, trees and nature in cities is creating health benefits: Kate Reilly, EU Programme Officer, Nature-Based Solutions, IUCN)

How the “City of Trees” in Manchester, UK, is expanding: Pete Stringer, Technical and GI Planning Manager, City of Trees team

How forest products are connected to building material and structures in making cities more sustainable: Hugues Frère, Director of the Hout info bois

17:15 – Conservation International Video: “Nature is Speaking, Tropical Forests”

17:30 – Implementing the Green Economy: The Value of Wood 

How the global circular economy and forest management are being influenced: Frederik Vaes, Head of the Forest Department, Brussels Environment Agency

How to make sustainability inclusive and credible: Xavier Noyon, EU Affairs Representative, PEFC

How consumer habits will change the flow of sustainable development funds to developing countries. Herbert Lust, Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, Conservation International

18:30 – Cocktail & Virtual Reality “UNDER THE CANOPY” experience with Conservation International



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Stuart Reigeluth |  Tel: +32 2 318 39 84  | Email:

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Sustainable timber sits at the heart of tomorrow’s construction industry
by Mieke Vercruijsse

© De Graeve SA

Trees And Our Future Are Rooted in Soil
by Phillipa Jones

Fairyland Mesclun Mix

Forests: A Mutual Reliance

Unlocking the Potential of the Bioeconomy
by James Ling

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Forest Biomass, (almost) Approved EU Sustainable
by Xavier Noyon

Photo by David Dodge, Green Energy Futures

The Dark Side of the Forest
by Tim Christophersen

Collaboration Fund for the World’s Forests
by Sarah Price