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  • Seoul Builds 400 Shade Tree Resting Areas by 2022 to Respond to Climate Change

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    Seoul Builds 400 Shade Tree Resting Areas by 2022 to Respond to Climate Change
    Shade trees planted on the traffic island near Samgakji Station, Yongsan-gu Shade trees planted on the traffic island at the northern extremity of Olympicdaegyo Bridge, Gwangjin-gu
    Shade trees planted on the traffic island near Samgakji Station, Yongsan-gu Shade trees planted on the traffic island at the northern extremity of Olympicdaegyo Bridge, Gwangjin-gu
    Planned image of shade tree resting areas
    Planned image of shade tree resting areas Planned image of shade tree resting areas

    The city of Seoul is pursuing the project of Building Shade Tree Resting Areas to provide well-shaded areas in the areas near crosswalks and traffic islands in order to tackle certain climate changes like heat waves. Residents can also enjoy a more pleasant pedestrian environment.

    The project is part of the policy to plant 30 million trees in Seoul. The city plans to invest KRW 400 million to create a total of 400 shade tree resting areas and plant more than 600 shade trees by 2022.

    In order to launch the project of Building Shade Tree Resting Areas, the city of Seoul selected 113 target zones after receiving recommendations from autonomous districts and examining the appropriateness, considering the surface areas and conditions.

    In completing the project of Building Shade Tree Resting Areas, the city will plant trees that create large shaded areas, such as zelkovas, on traffic islands or unused spaces near crosswalks, considering the surface area and conditions of the surroundings. If the area is large enough, two to three trees will be planted together and resting facilities, such as benches, will be established for people to take a short rest.

    When planting the trees, the city will be careful not to block the traffic lights or the view of drivers while taking into account the connection with other facilities for creating shaded areas.

    Related to the project to plant 30 million trees, Seoul will make continuous efforts to formulate and operate small but effective projects like Building Shade Tree Resting Areas whose impact can be easily experienced by residents.