Join us for the first-ever Tree Cities of the World Conference, organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Arbor Day Foundation. This virtual conference is an opportunity for cities to share their success stories, learn about global urban forestry initiatives, and connect with peers from around the world. Attendees will also have access to sessions facilitated by national programme leaders to learn about regional initiatives and applying for Tree Cities of the World recognition in 2020.

All recognised Tree Cities of the World and cities considering applying for recognition are invited to attend at no cost.

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Agenda

Times shown below reflect local time in Adelaide, Australia; Madrid, Spain; Florence, Italy; Ottawa, Canada; and Mexico City, Mexico.
At registration, you will indicate the session of your preference.

date  Thursday, Oct 29, 2020

  • 11:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. Welcome to #TCOW2020!

    Join partnering organizations, the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Arbor Day Foundation for a look back at the first year of the Tree Cities of the World programme and a celebration of the first cities recognized as Tree Cities of the World.

    Simone Borelli, Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations | Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation
    Simone Borelli has worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for over 20 years and is currently responsible for the Urban Forestry and Agroforestry programmes of the Forestry Division. In this role, he provides technical support to FAO field projects, provides policy advice to member countries, and develops technical publications. He is one the creators of the World Forum on Urban Forests and of the Tree Cities of the World Programme. He holds a first degree in Forest Science from the Universitá della Tuscia, Italy, a Master of Science degree in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona, and Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management from the University of London.

    Dan Lambe is president of the Arbor Day Foundation, founded in 1972, which has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners. Dan leads the strategic development of programs and partnerships through which the Foundation strives to educate, recognize, and empower people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.


    1T.org: the Trillion Trees Platform

    An estimated six trillion trees used to cover our planet. Today, only half remain, and despite massive efforts we continue to lose an additional 15 billion trees globally every year. Trees are an effective nature-based solution to tackle the climate crisis and biodiversity collapse. The World Economic Forum launched 1t.org which aims to connect, empower, and mobilize a multi-stakeholder community to conserve, restore and grow a trillion trees by 2030. Join us for this exciting session that will describe how you can engage in this global effort!

    Florian Reber, World Economic Forum
    Florian Reber is an experienced facilitator of global public-private partnerships. His work focuses on harnessing Nature-Based Solutions for job creation, biodiversity protection and climate action. He was a co-initiator of 1t.org, the Trillion Trees Platform launched at Davos 2020, and currently leads the community and regional development of 1t.org. Other global partnerships he helped to create include the Tropical Forest Alliance, the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders and the Friends of Rio+20. Florian has worked with South Pole, BSR, the Green Growth Forum, Chatham House and The Advisory House. He holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Lausanne and an MPA from Columbia University.


    The Green Cities Initiative

    Learn about this new initiative from the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to stimulate action for green infrastructure around the world.

    Simone Borelli, Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Simone Borelli has worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for over 20 years and is currently responsible for the Urban Forestry and Agroforestry programmes of the Forestry Division. In this role, he provides technical support to FAO field projects, provides policy advice to member countries, and develops technical publications. He is one the creators of the World Forum on Urban Forests and of the Tree Cities of the World Programme. He holds a first degree in Forest Science from the Universitá della Tuscia, Italy, a Master of Science degree in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona, and Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management from the University of London.

  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. Voices of Tree Cities of the World

    This session includes twelve 5-minute presentations highlighting the work in Tree Cities of the World, featuring representatives from the following recognized cities: • Auckland, New Zealand • Barking & Dagenham, United Kingdom • Barranquilla, Colombia • Guadalajara, Mexico • Guelph, ON, Canada • Merida, Mexico • Miami Beach, FL, United States • Regina, SK, Canada • São Carlos, Brazil • Toluca, Mexico • Unley, Australia • Yerevan, Armenia

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date  Friday, Oct 30, 2020

  • 11:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. Partners for Tree Cities of the World Join collaborating organizations for a variety of resources to support Tree Cities of the World.

    New Resources for Tree Cities

    Cities that have been recognized as Tree Cities of the World will have access to a new set of educational and programmatic resources, created just for them. We will take you on a brief tour of the new website and share ideas for upcoming additions.

    Alana Tucker, Arbor Day Foundation
    Alana Tucker is a Programme Manager at the Arbor Day Foundation, focused on growing the Tree Cities of the World and Tree City USA programmes. Trained as an urban planner, she oversaw the design and installation of streetscape and parks projects in Detroit prior to joining the Foundation in 2020. She holds a Bachelor's degree in International Business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master's of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Her favorite tree is the quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides).


    A Global Canopy: ISA and Tree Cities of the World

    Leaders at the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) will share the organization's mission, introduce its global membership and network, and how this initiative helps increase the worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees. As the global society that provides certification for arborists, we will share what it means to be an ISA Certified Arborist® and how professional arborists and urban foresters and Best Management Practices can help cities meet the standards required to become a Tree City of the World.

    Anne Beard, Board President & Caitlyn Pollihan, CEO & Executive Director, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
    Anne Beard has worked in the arboriculture field for more than 30 years. She is a Certified Arborist Utility Specialist® and is TRAQ Qualified. She has been actively involved in the tree industry through her position as System Forester at Public Service Company of New Mexico and Texas New Mexico Power Company, through the ISA, and in local communities. Anne has, by her efforts, attempted to inform her customers, the general public, and industry professionals about the importance of trees, their benefits to the environment, and their proper care. She has many varied experiences speaking at local, national, and international venues. She received the Utility Arborists Association's President's Award for her contributions to Utility Arboriculture. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry-Administration and an MBA.

    Caitlyn Pollihan serves as CEO and Executive Director for the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). During her tenure Caitlyn has successfully led the organization's relocation to Atlanta, GA US, initiated the modernization of ISA systems and operations, and has increased the global connectivity and accessibility of the association. Prior to joining ISA, Caitlyn served as the executive director of the Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF) and the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC). Caitlyn participates in the Sustainable Urban Forestry Coalition Steering Committee, the i-Tree Executive Committee, and previously was an appointed member of the National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule. Caitlyn holds a bachelor's degree in contemporary media and journalism/public relations from the University of South Dakota and a master's degree in organizational communication from the University of Missouri?St. Louis. She has a Certificate in Nonprofit Organization Management from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Institute for Organization Management and has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, the highest professional credential in the association industry.


    i-Tree for International Users

    i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban and rural forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree tools can help strengthen forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying forest structure and the environmental benefits that trees provide. With demand from international users growing exponentially in recent years, several of these tools have been adapted for use outside the United States.

    Dr. David Bloniarz, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
    Dave Bloniarz is Project Coordinator at USDA Forest Service-Northern Research Station in Amherst, Massachusetts. His primary work involves research and technology transfer initiatives related to urban natural resource structure, function and value. He serves as project director of the Urban Natural Resources Institute (UNRI), focused on the development of new tools and technologies that can be utilized by planners, managers and researchers. Additionally, Dave is par of the i-Tree Development Team, which serves as the leadership mechanism for bringing this public domain urban forest inventory, assessment and reporting software tool to user communities across the world.


    National Programme Leader Introductions

    Get to know the collaborating national organizations who support Tree Cities of the World where you live! Organizations featured include: • Arbocity (Spain) • Reforestamos (Mexico) • TREENET (Australia) • Trees for Cities, (United Kingdom) • Tree Canada (Canada)

  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. Peer-to-Peer Discussion

    Join our National Programme Leader organizations for presentations and discussions that will allow your voice to be heard and spoken--in your native language! Join the session closest to your time zone, as follows:

    Session leaders will include: • TREENET (English language) • Arbocity (Spanish language) • AlberItalia & FAO (Italian language) • Tree Canada & Arbor Day Foundation (English language w/ Q&A in French and English) • Reforestamos (Spanish language)