Part of: Urban Forests for Healthier Cities: Policy, Planning, Regulations, and Institutional Arrangements

Case Studies: Urban Planning


In 2004, the government of China instituted its National Forest City program to encourage the establishment and maintenance of urban forests across the nation. To earn the distinction of “National Forest City,” a city must submit a 10-year urban development plan that explicitly includes forests. (Xiao, 2016) Photo: Stefan Wagener, Flickr.

In Ethiopia, the Addis Ababa City Structure Plan 2017-2027 Draft outlines goals to protect riparian areas with 50 meter buffer zones and to prevent erosion on slopes with an incline greater than 30% by creating conservation forests. (City of Addis Ababa, 2017) Photo: Natasha Elkington/CIFOR, Flickr.