Cities are at the vanguard of global climate action. Trees and forests offer cities an underutilized approach for climate action while also protecting human health, biodiversity, and water resources collectively offering greater disaster resilience. Whether through increasing tree canopy in urban areas, improving green infrastructure in and around cities, or protecting and maintaining global forests, cities are increasingly integrating nature-based solutions into their planning and policies. This side event will share insights gained from Cities4Forests into the role local authorities are playing in improving forest awareness, management and conservation.
Welcome Remarks by Mario Boccucci, Head, UN-REDD Programme Secretariat (tbc)
10:35 – 10:45
‘Community Climate Action at Cities4Forests’ by Stuart Reigeluth
10:45 – 11:30
- Silvia Brilhante, Assistant Secretary of Planning of Rio Branco, Brazil
- Eleanore Henderson, Project Coordinator, Cultiva Chile, Santiago, Chile
- Vania Olmos Lau, Youth4Nature representative, Mexico City
- Emmanuel Nii Odartey Obetsebi-Lamptey, Regional Monitor, Nation Builders Corps, Greater Accra Region, Ghana
11:30 – 12:00
Q&A facilitated by Stuart Reigeluth
With the participation of Mr. Michael Akowuah, Manager of Legal Affairs at the Forestry Commission of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources of Ghana.