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

Why Do Urban Forests Matter?

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Urban forests provide city dwellers with many ecosystem services, or benefits that humans derive from nature. (Dialy, 1997)

Urban forests offer many benefits to residents, which are moderated by climate, geography, characteristics of the built environment, social and political conditions, and even individual or cultural identity. Image: Cities4Forests.

For example, well-planned, well-managed urban forests have the potential to: