International Urban Trees Research Conference
23-24 April 2020, University of Birmingham, UK
We are in a climate and ecological emergency and the Prime Minister announced in June 2019 that the Climate Change Act will now require the UK to be ‘net zero’ by 2050.
Professor Cecil Konijnendijk
The Committee on Climate Change has included the need for 30,000 hectares of trees to be planted annually towards achieving this target. The present government’s manifesto (2017) called for 1 million trees to also be planted in our towns. In the face of our present environmental and social challenges trees can make significant contributions to some of the solutions required.
Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 (TPBE4) is the fourth international, cross-disciplinary urban tree research conference, with a focus on both research and practice, to be held in the UK. It will encompass the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ (ICF) annual national conference and is organised in partnership with up to 20 academic institutions.
Sharon Hosegood FICFor, Vice President of the ICF and Managing Director of arboricultural consultancy Sharon Hosegood Associates, said:
“Never before has there been a greater need to understand the multi-faceted benefits our urban trees provide. At a time of increasing pressures, coupled with an increasing public awakening, it is time to embrace new thinking, research, and to share best practice.
“Professor Cecil Konijnendijk will chair the Trees and the Built Environment Conference 4, not only to bring a global perspective and a wealth of experience, but, alongside international experts, to help us help our urban trees.”
Professor Konijnendijk has helped to develop an undergraduate degree in urban forestry at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada, where he is Professor of Urban Forestry. He studies, teaches and advises on the role of trees and green space in cities and towns.
“Trees, People and the Built Environment has become one of the world’s leading events for those of us working with trees, forests, parks, and other vegetation in cities and towns. I am delighted to chair the fourth edition of this important conference.”
Professor Konijnendijk said.
TPBE4 will explore four key themes across the two days:
- Green innovation in infrastructure
- Tree value and natural capital
- Governance and planning
- Collaboration is the key to achieving real change
Book at the link below. Student places and limited early bird tickets are available.
This article was taken form Issue 186 Autumn 2019 of the ARB Magazine, which is available to view free to members by simply logging in to the website and viewing your profile area.