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International Perspective

Arbor-ization: What’s Going on in the World of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
10:20 AM — 11:00 AM
Osceola Ballroom A
A, M, Bm

Urbanization has been both a gradual and cyclical process since the beginning of human civilization. However the rate of urbanization increased dramatically during the industrial revolution and evolved into “overflowing settlements” in the second part of the Twentieth Century. During this time, a post-World War II population boom in developing countries was largely absorbed by the cities. As a result, more than 50% of the world population now lives in the urban areas. This percentage is higher than 70% in Europe and this is why Arboriculture and urban forestry must have important roles in the management of urbanization and establishment of habitable cities. 

Greenspaces help cities reach the minimal thresholds for human well-being. Many view greenspaces simply as an outlet for recreation, however they can offer ways to improve citizens’ quality of life. These benefits have been the subject of numerous research projects, including European COST studies, the Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation, LIFE Programme, etc. Developing countries will also play an increasingly important role in global environmental issues as their major cities are growing much faster and often in a less sustainable way than those in the most developed countries. The presentation will summarize future arboricultural challenges identified at conferences, meetings, and research projects presently carried out all over the world. A particular focus will be on the ISA activities and program to become more and more international to realize the “arborization of the world”.

Presenter Information

    • Francesco Ferrini
      From 1990 he has published more than 220 scientific and technical papers in Italian and in English in international referred and nationwide journals. He has given more than 100 talks in several international and national congresses. He cares the Faceblog “Arboriculture and Urban Forestry” In 2009 he has been the recipient of the Fabio Rizzi Award for his constant commitment in the research and extension service in the field of Plant Nursery Science and of Urban Arboriculture and for his continuous activity with researchers and contractors all over the world. In 2010 he has been the recipient of L.C. Chadwick Award for Arboricultural Research Recipient: The L.C. Chadwick award is granted to individuals to recognize research that has contributed valuable information to arboriculture. Past-President of the Italian Society of Arboriculture November 2014-November 2015 Chair of IASHK (International Arboriculture Summit - Hong Kong) Board of Advisors Senior Director of the scientific magazine Advances in Horticultural Sciences Associate Editor of the Arboriculture & Urban Forestry journal.

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