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Urban Forestry

Urban forestry can contribute to both adaptation and mitigation. On the one hand, biomass from urban trees and shrubs can be used as wood energy to replace fossil fuels, thus contributing to climate protection. In addition, CO2 is stored in urban biomass. On the other hand, trees to shade roads and parking lots reduce the urban heat island effect and also reduce emissions of precursors of urban ozone. There are close links to the measure Shade Trees.

However, experiences in Dresden and Lyon have also shown first climate change impacts on the urban vegetation urging urban forest managers to address the issue of coping with modified ecological conditions. More details on this issue can be found in the description of the measure Research on and Planting of Adapted Shade Trees.