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Conference abstract - Peer-reviewed, 2005

New International Master´s programme in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening

Åkerlund, Ulrika


Abstract for the 8th European Forum on Urban Forestry, May 9-13, 2005, Celje, Slovenia by: U. Åkerlund1 & T.B. Randrup2 New International Master’s programme in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Cities are growing rapidly; in 50 years more than 80 per cent of the world's population will live in an urban environment. Urban green areas such as parks and gardens, woodlands and forests with socio-cultural values are important for urban life, but as the urban population increases the condition of these areas and the populations’ requirements change. If an urban green development is to succeed, new strategies and tools must be developed to meet these changing circumstances. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening (UFUG) is a new academic field, with forestry and landscape architecture as the two major academic components. Combining humanistic and social aspects with economic and ecological issues in planning and management, working interdisciplinarily, there is a lot to gain within the field of UFUG. The core of UFUG is the urban green resource; its development defines the tasks to be fulfilled. Basically, the urban green resource includes all green components – from the individual street tree and urban park to the forest outside the urban agglomeration adjacent to dwellings. In September 2005 the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences together with the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark, and three other Nordic universities, will start a one-year Master’s programme in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. The programme emphasizes the different levels of planning, design and management of the urban green resource, and stresses communication with people in the public and private sectors in the process. The programme is aimed at Nordic and International students and practitioners who hold a Bachelor degree, or equivalent, in Forestry, Landscape Architecture and other relevant biological and planning related subjects, such as urban forestry, biology, ecology, geography, town planning and architecture. The strength of the programme is the combination of disciplines looking at the urban green resource as a whole; this involves working closely with research and practice, using interdisciplinary tools and methods in order to create a sustainable and more vital green resource for the benefit of the society. Here, the students’ variety of backgrounds plays an important role. The students will be expected to draw on their own experience during the studies, which will allow them to take an active part in discussions, seminars and projects. Mutual respect and understanding are valuable assets of the program. The courses will develop both good academic and operative knowledge; providing tools such as methods for analysis, communication and presentation. Joining the Nordic expertise in a joint Master’s programme is a good start widening the global network of UFUG research resources, finding new strategies and methods for the local and global urban green resource. 1) Project co-ordinator, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Landscape Planning ( 2) Project Leader, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning, Dept. of Urban Landscapes (


urban forestry; urban greening; international education;

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Publisher: Slovenian Forest Service


Urban Forests - A Different Trademark for Cities and Forestry , 8th IUFRO European Forum on Urban Forestry

    SLU Authors

    • Åkerlund, Ulrika

      • Department of Landscape Planning Alnarp, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Landscape Architecture

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