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Better Forests, Better Cities

This report evaluates how forests both inside and outside city boundaries benefit cities and their residents, and what actions cities can take to conserve, restore and sustainably manage those forests.


A growing body of scientific evidence shows that conserving, restoring, and sustainably managing forests can provide robust, low-cost infrastructure solutions to help cities and their leaders meet the myriad demands of growing urban populations, such as clean and reliable fresh water, safe and healthy environments, and protection from natural disasters.

This WRI report evaluates how and when forests – inside, near, and far away from cities – contribute to health and well-being, water security, climate change mitigation, and biodiversity conservation benefits for cities and their residents.