10 May

Zoom, Online

(Un)taming urban forests, wildlife, and Indigenous peoples: Mumbai’s Aarey

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The webinar series on urban forests, arranged by SLU Urban Futures and Future Forests, continues with a presentation by Purabi Bose with the Mumbai Aarey forests in India as a case study.

This webinar will unravel the role of rapid urbanization that has mushroomed around forests – a forest that is home to leopards and other wildlife biodiversity coexisting with original inhabitants, the Indigenous peoples. The presentation will introduce the case study, Aarey forests – rich moist deciduous urban forests covering roughly 2000 acres, which acts as a buffer between a national park and the maximum city of India, Mumbai. How does Aarey forests challenge urban landscape planners in its development plan? What do citizens want – whose perspective matters, and why? Who wins? The presentation, using Aarey as a case study, will delve into conceptualizing – the meaning of urban forests in the Global South. 

Purabi Bose is a Senior Lecturer of Forest Policy, at SLU in Alnarp. Author, filmmaker, and researcher, her work interfaces communicating forest rights, land use, food security, governance, traditional knowledge, gender, and Indigenous peoples, particularly in the Global South. This presentation is based on her self-funded initiative, the Landing Together films.


Time: 2022-05-10 15:00 - 16:00
City: Online
Location: Zoom
Organiser: SLU Urban Futures and SLU Future Forests
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Language: English

About this webinar

The webinar series on Urban Forests is arranged by SLU Urban Futures and SLU Future Forests to shed light on various aspects and opportunities for research on forests in urban environments. 

  • The webinar will be recorded. If you don't want to be identified, please turn your camera off and remove your name from your window.
  • Please have your microphone off (when not participating).

Recorded webinars in the series

This event is the third of three webinars in the series on urban forests in the spring of 2022. 

See the recorded presentations from previous webinars here.


Future Forests
Future Forests is a platform for multidisciplinary forest research, collaboration and research communication, driven by SLU, Umeå University and the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden.

SLU Urban Futures
Among the four SLU Future Platforms SLU Urban Futures has the mission to strengthen sustainable urban development. The platform aims to identify knowledge needs and strives to develop new research questions addressing the challenges of an urbanising planet.