About the European Forum on Urban Forestry

The European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF) is a unique meeting place for practitioners, policy-makers, managers, educators and scientists who are active in urban forestry, urban greening and green infrastructure. Since 1998, the EFUF has met annually to discuss new developments, to exchange experiences, and to visit examples of good practices on planning, design and management of urban forests (from woodland to urban parks and street trees).

The Forum is associated with the International Union of Forest Research Organisations’ (IUFRO Division  6.07.00 – Urban forestry) urban forestry group, as well as with several European and Nordic networks for urban forestry.

Participants come from across Europe, as well as from other parts of the world.
Every year, the EFUF takes up an actual theme within urban forestry, such as financing, public involvement, partnerships, and management innovations.

Starting 17 April 2023, the European Forum on Urban Forestry is established as an international not-for-profit association according to the Belgian Law (ivzw, aisbl) with enterprise number 0800.823.486.

From 1998 several cities and European countries have hosted the forum:

1998 – Wuppertal, Germany
1999 – Aarhus, Danmark
2000 – Budapest, Hungary
2001 – Durham, United Kingdom
2002 – Trondheim, Norway
2003 – Arnhem, The Netherlands & Brussels, Belgium – Educating the Urban Foresters (book of abstracts)
2004 – Stockholm, Sweden
2005 – Celje, Slovenia
2006 – Florence, Italy
2007 – Gelsenkirchen, Germany
2008 – Hämeenlinna, Finland
2009 – Arnhem, The Nederlands
2010 – Tulln, Austria
2011 – Glasgow, United Kingdom
2012 – Leipzig, Germany – (conference site, book of abstracts)
2013 – Milano, Italy – The Walking Urban Forest (conference website, book of abstracts)
2014 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Crossing Boundaries: Urban Forests – Green Cities (book of abstracts)
2015 – Brussels, Belgium – Connecting the Street Tree to the Forest – Strengthening Nature for Urban Living (conference site, presentations, book of abstracts)
2016 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Urban Forests for European Resilient Cities (conference site, blog, presentations, video opening session & session 1, video session 2, book of abstracts)
2017 – Barcelona, Spain – Urban Forest Boundaries – Within, between and beyond the city (conference site)
2018 – Helsinki & Vantaa, Finland – Increasing cities, decreasing green areas
2019 – Cologne, Germany (conference site) – Urban forests: full of energy
2020 – Manchester (cancelled due to Covid-19) – Urban Forestry for a Resilient Future
2021 – Online – The Swiss Week – Surviving the City – Urban Forests for nature-based health and happiness (link)
2022 – Belgrade, Serbia – Facing the Future: Adaptive Measures in Urban Forest (conference site)
2023 – Krakow, Poland – Urban Forests as Nature-based Solutions (more information here)
2024 – Zagreb, Croatia – Urban Forests for All 


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European Forest Institute (EFI)

The European Forest Institute is an international organisation, established by European States. 30 European States have ratified the Convention on EFI. The EFI conducts research and provides policy support on issues related to forests.

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Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)

The mission of the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) is to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources including soil, water, air, quietness and forests. It is responsible for the protection against natural hazards, safeguarding the environment and human health against excessive impacts, and conserving biodiversity and landscape quality. It is also responsible for international environmental policy.

The European Forum on Urban Forestry is legally established as an International non-profit Association according to Belgian Law (ivzw – aisbl).

Registered name: European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF)

Enterprise number: BE 0800.823.486

Registered address: Remi Vlerickstraat 26, 9052 Zwijnaarde (Gent), Belgium

Register of Legal Entities (RPR): Gent, Division Gent

info – at – efuf dot org