About the Australian School of Urban Forestry
Urban environments are subject to pressures such as increasing population and housing density, climate change impacts, the urban heat island, biodiversity and habitat loss, reduced human physical activity and declining well-being associated with nature deficit. The trees and green spaces in our cities, known collectively as the urban forest, can help mitigate the negative impacts of some of these pressures.
However, the urban forest is a complex and dynamic system, supported by many stakeholders with often contrasting opinions. For our urban forests to continue to thrive, and increasingly provide the environmental, biodiversity and socio-cultural benefits that we demand from them, we need dedicated research, education, engagement, planning and management. There has never been a more critical time to embed urban forestry experts within government and industry, and ultimately right through the community. The Australian School in Urban Forestry will help to build this capacity by linking research with practice, delivered by leading practitioners across Australia.
The Australian School in Urban Forestry is designed to provide an interactive and engaging forum for information sharing and the immediate application of knowledge and skills. It is designed for industry professionals to develop their ability to guide the growth of their urban forests. Participation in the School also provides an excellent opportunity to develop your local and national network of peers and mentors who work in the urban forest management and planning sector.
Spanning six consecutive days, the school begins with case studies and field visits where participants are introduced to real-world urban forest challenges. Participants will hear from the stakeholders and managers involved in each urban forest problem. Examples include planning for climate change impacts on tree populations, establishing canopy cover and under-storey targets for biodiversity and community benefits, and balancing an increase in urban forest and green space within rapidly expanding residential and commercial development on the city fringe.
The School delivers a schedule of seminar presentations and skills-based workshops from local and national leading researchers, industry practitioners, managers and policy experts on many aspects of urban forest planning and management. Participants will also work in syndicate groups, each exploring one of the case studies presented earlier. Each group will work through a complex problem, using multi-disciplinary perspectives, and the skills and ideas presented at the School over the week. On the final day, each group will present their responses and solutions to industry stakeholders.