US Forest Service team meets with ICLEI, Philippine local governments for scoping mission

A team from the United States Forest Service (USFS) met with ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) staff and representatives of the cities of Baguio, Makati, Marikina, and Quezon City on 28 September 2015 at the ICLEI SEAS office in order to learn about ongoing city initiatives, and share USFS urban efforts, on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience, as well as biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation.

The purpose of the meeting is to better understand some of the successes and challenges of this type of work in the region, share experiences, tools, and approaches, and identify potential partnership opportunities not only in the Philippines but in the region in general.

The USFS team was composed of:

  • Dr. Wayne Zipperer, a USFS Research Forester working on urban ecology in the US, who shared details on various tools and research that the USFS is conducting;
  • Mr. Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation, which works on urban forestry and resilience in the US and is collaborating on overseas replanting efforts, including in China;
  • Mr. Bill Toomey, Director of the Forest Health program for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), which is designing a new international urban program; and
  • Ms. Sarah Banks, program specialist in the Asia Pacific team of USFS International Programs.

The USFS is engaged in urban forestry through two of its three branches, Research and Development and State and Private Forestry. In State and Private, USFS staff of the Urban and Community Forestry Program work with state and local governments to develop and facilitate partnerships that will sustain and institutionalize urban forestry beyond government programs. These partnerships include collaboration with TNC on their Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities campaign and with the Arbor Day Foundation, who plays a major role in building public-private partnerships to support tree planting efforts.

Within Research and Development, USFS works in seven key research areas on a variety of tools to help cities become more resilient. These include iTree, collaborative planning to promote green infrastructure and increased livelihoods from urban tree planting, and modeling water and air quality to guide tree planting investments in urban areas.

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A team from the United States Forest Service (USFS) met with ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) staff and representatives of the Philippine cities of Baguio, Makati, Marikina, and Quezon City on 28 September 2015 at the ICLEI SEAS office in order to learn about ongoing city initiatives, and share USFS urban efforts, on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience, as well as biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation.
 
 
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