With the aim of protecting the climate and improving air quality in the Milan area, the plan is to plant as many as three million trees by 2030. Thanks to the ForestaMI project, 427,475 trees were already planted by mid-November this year.
This urban forestry project, which is implemented in the area of the capital of Lombardy, was initiated and supported by numerous institutions as well as regional and local self-government. The main goal of the research into the role of green areas in Milan and its surroundings was the creation of a “green strategy” that will improve the main green systems within the area of the large park until 2030.
The scientific coordinator of the project is a famous Italian architect Stefano Boeri.
The research covered the area of existing forest systems, collected tree canopy data, mapped urbanized areas, and identified the most critical areas from the point of view of the phenomenon of the urban heat island effect. Based on the aforementioned activities, as well as in cooperation with 133 cities and municipalities of the metropolitan area of Milan, the most necessary locations for planting were determined.
Cooperation of 133 cities and municipalities
The cooperation of local and regional governments, as well as institutions involved in the ForestaMI project, enabled the development of a strategic vision on the role of greenery in the Milan area and initiated the process of improving its existing green and tree-lined systems with incentives for reforestation activities and the construction of a large park by 2030.
The project plans to plant three million trees by 2030, both in predetermined locations throughout the Milan area, and by increasing the number of trees along streets, squares and courtyards, on roofs and in front of the main entrances to buildings. These activities are recognized as the most effective, economical and attractive way of slowing down global warming and adapting to climate change, as well as reducing energy consumption, purifying the air, removing fine particles that we breathe and, finally, improving the lives of citizens.
Source: E2 Portal by www.e2.rs.
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