The potential of urban forests

By Inazio Martínez de Arano | 2017

We all agree that the most beautiful urban spaces almost always include trees and green areas. Urban forests offer far more than only aesthetical benefits to cities and its citizens.
The strong urbanisation our society is witnessing coincides with the emptiness of many rural areas. To Martínez de Arano, forests don’t only belong to the rural domain but have a lot to do with the urban environment. We can do a lot for cities implementing nature-based solutions such as urban forests, green roofing, urban farming, etc. Inazio believes that using nature for the benefit of people is crucial. In that sense, he encourages smart cities to follow a green and circular economy that involves citizen participation.

Inazio Martínez de Arano

Inazio Martinez de Arano joined the European Forest Institute Mediterranean Regional Office (EFIMED) as Head of Office in June 2013. He was previously Executive President at the Union of Foresters of Southern Europe (USSE), researcher at the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research (NEIKER) as well as a university lecturer in the University of Concepción, Chile. As President of the European Institute for Cultivated Forests (IEFC), he was involved in the establishment of the European Forest Institute Atlantic European Regional Office (EFIATLANTIC).

Contributors

Amador Ferrer

Architect and Professor at Universitat Ramón Llull

Aníbal Gaviria

Alcalde de la ciudad de Medellín (2012-15)

Bahaaeddin Alhaddad

Space Business Development and Urban Remote Sensing at Starlab Ltd

Beth Simone Noveck

Founder and Director. Governance Lab

Bharati Chaturvedi

Founder and Director. Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group

Boyd Cohen

Professor of Entrepreneurship

Carlos Vayas

Metropolitan Director. Municipality of Quito

Cecile Faraud

Circular Economy Lead. Peterborough City Council

Cristina Garrido

Urban Innovation Consultant, anteverti

Dan Lewis

Chief Urban Risk Reduction, UN Habitat Chief of the Urban Risk Reduction Unit

Darko Radovic

Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Keio University

Edward Glaeser

Professor of Economics, Harvard University. Urban Economist.

Esteve Almirall

Assoc. Professor. ESADE Business Law School

Gabriela Gómez-Mont

Chief Creativity Officer at Laboratorio para la Ciudad. México City

Gaetan Siew

CEO Global Creative Leadership Initiative

Inazio Martínez de Arano

Head of Office in European Forest Institute Mediterranean Regional Office

Juliana Rotich

Executive Director. Ushahidi

Kumaresh Chandra Mishra

Deputy Secretary General Habitat III Conference. United Nations

Manu Fernández

Founder. Human Scale City

Markku Markkula

President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR). European Union

Pankaj Ghemawat

Global Professor of Management and Strategy. IESE

Parvati Nair

Director of the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility

Rashiq Fataar

Urbanist and Director of Our Future Cities

Rebecca Smith

Active Alumni at the European Youth Parliament. anteverti Consultant

Ricard Garriga

Co-founder Menorca Millenials

Shannon Lawrence

Director Global Initiatives. C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Stephen Goldsmith

Professor. Harvard Kennedy School