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National Forest Director Speaks at United Nations Symposium in Japan

Tuesday, 13th January 2015

The National Forest Company’s Director of Operations, Simon Evans, is speaking this week at the United Nations (UN) Symposium on Sustainable Cities in Toyota City, Japan.

The Symposium is being organised by the UN’s Division for Sustainable Development in conjunction with the Municipal Government of Toyota City and supported by the Japanese Government.

The Symposium is on 15th– 16th January and will include 200-250 delegates from around the world. It focuses on connecting people, environment and technology. The Symposium aims to share experiences and assist national and local governments in improving decision-making in urban planning and management and in moving toward sustainable cities and sustainable urbanization.

Simon will be acting as an ambassador for The National Forest and a partnership comprising Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council and South Derbyshire District Council.

He will be speaking in a session on conserving the natural environment and the sustainable city alongside presentations from Sri Lanka, Senegal and Japan, about the National Forest Company’s work on using the creation of the Forest to facilitate urban regeneration, and improve quality of life and the economy.

Simon Evans said: 'Being asked to speak at the UN Symposium is a recognition of the National Forest Company’s work as a national exemplar for landscape restoration and how through our work we can share best practice and inform the work of others.'

His costs have been generously met by a donation from Toyota Manufacturing UK.