Like many high-density cities, Melbourne is currently facing three main challenges: climate change, population growth and urban heating. The City of Melbourne’s Urban Forest Strategy aims to recover and expand the existing urban forest, which is critical for maintaining the health and liveability of the city.

Recent studies have shown that Melbourne will experience severe climate change over the next 20 years, including an increase in average temperatures, less rainfall and more frequent heatwaves and flooding. The city’s urban heat island effect is also expected to intensify. The City of Melbourne’s Urban Forest Strategy’s main goal…