Copenhagen's Partner Forest Program
Copenhagen established a Partner Forest program in 2022 to showcase the application and benefits of conservation timber from Mozambique as part of the city’s designation as the 2023 World Capital of Architecture. Further development is expected soon. Join the mailing list and follow the blog for news.
The launch: UIA World Congress of Architects 2023
Copenhagen’s Partner Forest was collaboratively developed by Cities4Forests, CPH Raft, Pilot Projects, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Municipality of Copenhagen, and LevasForest. Together, these organizations have supported the creation of two Partner Forest Pavilions, with one hosted inside of the main UIA conference as part of the FSC Lounge, and the other showcased as a floating structure during a side event in Teglværkshavnen harbour. Both Partner Forest spaces will engage UIA attendees and Copenhagen residents.
Working with sustainable forestry in Mozambique
The Msasa and Ncua timber brought to Copenhagen supports the economic development, social empowerment, and conservation of a 43,000 hectare sustainably-managed forest concession in Mozambique’s Sofala province. Over the past 15 years LevasForest has been running one of the few sustainable forest concessions in Mozambique while directly engaging with the communities that they support with jobs, infrastructure projects, healthcare services, and educational programs. The sustainable forest management and its related activities also help to conserve the area’s rich biodiversity by deterring poaching, smuggling, illegal mining, illegal settlements, and clear felling for destructive land uses. To learn more about the community, click here.
An ongoing connection with tropical forests
The Copenhagen Partner Forest program will highlight Copenhagen’s commitment to carbon neutrality, biodiversity and social justice on a global level. UIA attendees and Copenhagen’s public and private sector stakeholders will be introduced to the benefits of using tropical conservation timber in their work, and will demonstrate how tropical conservation timber can be specified by architects for practical incorporation into building designs and applications.
During the event, the Partner Forest program will explore how conservation timber can be incorporated into climate plans (Such as Copenhagen’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2025). This will include the role of tropical deforestation in global climate, and bringing the voices of these threatened forests to the centres of consumption and policy change. Cities4Forests’ ultimate goal is to connect cities (staff and residents) to a specific forest area in a long-term mutually beneficial relationship.
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