Inazio Martínez de Arano agrees 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.
About the authors
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).