American University of Beirut

Forestscaping: How to Bring Back Lost Forests in Cities

​​​​​​​​​The AUB Neighborhood Initiative collaborated with theOtherDada and ​the Department of Landscape Design at the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences in organizing a talk on Urban Reforestation by Shubhendu Sharma.

About the talk: ​

In his talk, Shubhendu Sharma will discuss the Miyawaki method of afforestation and the mission of his enterprise ‘Afforestt’ to bring back native forests, specializing in making natural forests of native species in urban landscapes. Compared to conventional plantations these forests are 30 times denser, maintenance-free and can be created in spaces as small as just 100 square meters. Mr. Sharma is visiting Beirut to work on the Beirut River Urban Reforestation Pilot Project as part of the Beirut RiverLESS initiative by theOtherDada.

about the speaker: 

Shubhendu Sharma is an eco-entrepreneur and founder and director of ‘Afforestt’, a for-profit enterprise established in India in 2011 and devoted to planting native forests for all kinds of clients, from farmers to corporations to city governments. Formally educated in industrial engineering, Shubhendu Sharma is an expert in Miyawaki method of afforestation. By integrating art, design, and forests, Afforestt has been creating forestscapes in urban spaces, creating a natural forest-like environment in otherwise heavily urbanized spaces using an accel​​​​erated method.

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To learn more about Afforestt:​

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