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The Cities4Forest project

Civilization and nature, city and forest – can these coexist? Natural areas around the world are suffering from increasing urbanization, but now there is a project in which cities are committed to preserving forests. Find out more about Cities4Forests here.

Civilization and nature, city and forest – can these coexist? Natural areas around the world are suffering from increasing urbanization, but now there is a project in which cities are committed to preserving forests. Find out more about Cities4Forests here.

 Cities4Forests

Green spaces, trees and forests are indispensable for cities and their citizens, because green zones offer a variety of advantages and bring nature into the city. Trees purify the air, provide a home for wildlife in the city and are a local recreational opportunity for people that is simply good for them. At the same time, parks and forests in and around cities are a connection to the forests in the distance. They remind us of the global added value of large areas of forest in the tropics, but also in northern latitudes, which regulate our climate and contribute to the preservation of biodiversity.

What is Cities4Forests?

Cities4Forests aims to leverage the political, social and economic support of city administrations and city citizens to include inner, near and far forests in urban development plans and programs. All cities and citizens involved are united in their efforts to reduce deforestation, reforest forests and treat the forest habitat more sustainably.

It starts with the inner forests: the forests in the city, but also the nearby areas. The inner forests – these are the trees in the city. Avenue trees and parks. Shade trees, cooling groups of trees, groves. They all block the sun, clean the air and provide city dwellers with plenty of oxygen. And they remind us that there is a lot more forest outside the city - forest worth preserving. If city dwellers can be made aware of how important forests are in large cities, how valuable they are for people's health and regeneration, then taking the step to protect the "distant" forests on other continents will no longer be so difficult.

Preserve forests – in the city and outside

As forests become more and more valuable in cities, there are more and more supporters of the restoration and sustainable management of forests worldwide.

Nevertheless, forest areas are disappearing everywhere. Approximately 5 million hectares of forest are cleared every year. This has terrible consequences for the species that live there, but also for the increase in greenhouse gases. In order to create awareness of the value and also the beauty of the forest, forests must be brought back into the cities. This is the only way to create and maintain a connection with the forest in people.

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Who is involved in Cities4Forests?

Cities4Forests is a voluntary coalition of city governments from around the world, supported by water utilities and sustainability organizations. Cities from all over the world are now taking part, some with ambitious and innovative projects such as the “Vertical Forest” in Milan, a green high-rise building. Learning, awareness and inspiration are promoted. At the same time, the organization offers technical support in the areas of forests and water, climate change, communication and politics.

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These are just a few of the many cities that are participating.

Training courses are also offered to help overcome challenges and place further work on a solid scientific basis. Cities4Forests also helps with individual discussions if necessary. Participating cities can participate in one or more working groups to jointly develop a deeper understanding of thematic issues, challenges and opportunities.

We are committed to forests

We at NIKIN donate with every product we buy to plant a tree through our partner OneTreePlanted, thereby doing our part to preserve the world's forests. The work of organizations like OneTreePlanted helps ensure that the world's forests are managed more sustainably and that lost areas can be restored.

You can find further information about the projects here: Cities4Forests

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