The main objective of the study was to provide an indicative, comparative insight in urban forest policy-making in Europe, as an overview of European urban forest policy-making seems to have been absent until now. The scientific objectives of the project were as follows:
- to develop the concept of urban forestry, focusing on the main differences within forestry at large and to demonstrate the relevance of such a distinction;
- to give an overview and analysis of differences and similarities - and their underlying factors - in the development and importance of urban forests in selected European cities and countries;
- to provide insight in urban forest policies and the way in which these are formulated, decided upon and implemented in selected European countries, especially locally, and in the context of the regional and national level.