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Forest Service supports launch of i-Tree in Colombia

COLOMBIA – Scientific studies indicate that increased tree cover in cities, accompanied by an appropriate design and management of urban forests, can improve environmental quality, and hence the well-being of the population. The urban forest influences air quality, removes atmospheric pollutants, regulates temperature, reduces solar radiation, affects wind speed and direction, and impacts biodiversity. At the international level, urban forest ecosystem services have been estimated and valued in different cities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. However, in Colombia, there were very few tools that estimate and value these ecosystem services.

Since 2017, the USDA Forest Service International Programs has been working with the Northern Research Station and Colombian partners to adapt i-Tree Eco, a Forest Service tool, to the Colombian reality. i-Tree Eco Colombia was officially launched in late October 2019. i-Tree Eco Colombia can be used to determine the ecosystem services in Colombia and help in designing strategies for conservation and sustainable management of urban green areas. Hence, it

contribute to the mitigation of the risks associated with climate change and air pollution and will contribute to improve the quality of life of the urban population.

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i-Tree Eco Colombia users can import local environmental data to help analyze their city of interest. USDA Forest Service photo.
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Technical specialists collecting data for i-Tree Eco Colombia in Medellin. USDA Forest Service photo.