Urban forests are a source of food. They are home to fruit trees, shrubs, vegetable gardens. They are generally located in run-down areas and represent the regeneration of the urban landscape and society.
They improve the air quality and even the weather in cities, producing fruit, vegetables and herbs that can be used by the whole community. Indeed, the people taking care of these forests through community management practices are often inspired by the principles of permaculture.
The number of urban forests is on the increase around the world. They may be thought of as educational areas, an innovative model that is strengthening the relationship between urban and rural areas, to the benefit of climate and the livability of cities.
Moderator: Fabio Salbitano, Italy, Professor at the Department of Agricultural, Food, Environmental and Forestry Sciences and Technologies of the University of Florence
- Gaurav Gurjar, India, member of a tribe of shepherds, works closely with the Indian government and projects on the country’s food forests.
- Anna Ruminska, Anna Maria Ruminska is leader of Slow Food Dolny Slask, gardener, forager, culinary consultant, food anthropologist, architect and founder of the Chwastozercy Studio.
- Neide Rigo, Brazil, nutritionist, author of the blog Come-se (come-se.blogspot.com), columnist for the “Paladar” section of the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo.
- Liccia Romero, Venezuela, professor and researcher at the University of Los Andes, the Universidad Politécnica Territorial de Mérida and the Simón Rodríguez Experimental University.
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