“How can we have a forest in the middle of a city?”
City parks are a stale of what constitutes a good quality of life by letting residents reconnect with nature. However, cities can take this to a whole new level with Urban Forests. Urban forests are parts of a city that have been completely protected from development and human intrusion. A prominent urban forest in real-life is the Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro, which contains the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue and 32 km² (12.4 mi²) of greenery. Urban forests will become more critical in the new climate paradigm, where their ability to absorb groundwater discharge and lower ambient temperatures will build greater resilience capacity.