Topic outline

This course introduces the concepts of urban and peri-urban forestry. The course considers the important ecosystem services provided by urban forests, which help countries to achieve their Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets, and the challenges that must be navigated during their planning, design and management.


This course is primarily intended for individuals responsible for planning, designing or managing urban forests, including those working in public or private organizations and those in the voluntary sectors. They may include:

  • Policy-makers.
  • Development organizations and the voluntary sector.
  • Planners, researchers and practitioners.
  • Landowners, trusts and foundations.

  • Key terms, concepts and processes associated with urban- and peri-urban forestry.
  • How urban forests contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • The ecosystem services that urban forests provide through their biotic and abiotic processes.
  • The professions with responsibility for urban forests, and the importance of collaboration with citizens and communities.
  • The challenges that must be considered when planning, designing and managing urban forests.

The course consists of four lessons, ranging from approximately 30 to 45 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 - Introduction and basic concepts
  • Lesson 2 - The importance of urban forests
  • Lesson 3 - The planning, design and management of urban forests
  • Lesson 4 - Urban forestry challenges in a changing world

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