The Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have started a program called Tree Cities of the World. With this award, they recognize the most deserving destinations and motivate all cities to take good care of their trees and this year Ljubljana was a recipient of the honorary title.
Two years ago, at the 2018 World Forum on Urban Forests in Italy world leaders issued a call-for-action that included joining the Tree Cities of the World program, which aims to connect cities around the world in a new network dedicated ensuring that urban forests and trees are properly maintained, sustainably managed, and properly celebrated. To become an internationally recognized Tree City, a community must meet five core standards that illustrate its commitment to caring for trees and forests.
Ljubljana has successfully implemented a number of measures from the perspective of sustainable development, including green mobility, waste management and sustainable urban planning. It is continuously striving to be a green and sustainably-minded destination and by now, it is internationally recognised for its environmental conscience. Among several other sustainability recognitions and awards, Ljubljana was awarded with the honorary title of European Green Capital in 2016. Receiving the Tree City certificate continues to show Ljubljana’s commitment and development in the direction of sustainability. It has been recognized as a Tree City by meeting the five core standards:
- Established responsibility: Ljubljana maintains a green infrastructure and cares for the city trees with the help of professional arborists.
- Set rules for tree management: Management of trees is included in Ljubljana’s Decree on maintenance and cleaning of municipal streets and public green surfaces.
- Established database: Ljubljana set up a tree database, which enables the evaluation of the state of trees and making long-term plans for trimming and planting of trees.
- Allocated resources: The city of Ljubljana has allocated the necessary resources for implementing the city tree management plan.
- Celebrating achievements: November 28th has been chosen as Tree Day, to raise public awareness about the important role of trees in the city. On November 28th, 2019 the tree of the year was selected, and the special title was bestowed upon the sycamore tree on the corner of Streliška and Strossmayer Street in the city centre.
Ljubljana has numerous green areas, lined with trees, spread throughout the city. Parks and streets alike are privy to a variety of beautiful, local tree species. Ljubljana is dedicated to promoting and caring for the nature it has and recognizes trees as an important part of the city’s ecosystem. Trees clean the air, produce oxygen, affect the psychological and physical wellbeing of citizens and with all that greatly contribute to the quality of living. Trees also play a major role in the fight against climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide and their significance is not taken lightly.