Introductory meeting on i-Tree

An introductory meeting was conducted virtually on July 14, 2021 on the i-Tree methods and sampling strategy in presence of 20 participants including academia, civil society, and government stakeholders. The participants were from RIMS Unit of Bangladesh Forest Department, Environment Circle of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Florida International University, and others.

The major objectives of the meeting were to introduce the i-Tree tool to quantify selected urban tree benefits and to brief on i-Tree demonstration planning in Dhaka city. The meeting started with a brief on urban forest in Dhaka and i-Tree specification, methods, and opportunities in this city. Later, during an open discussion session participants shared their opinions and recommendations on the sampling design, the number of sampling plots, and stakeholders’ role in the i-Tree demonstration in Dhaka city.