SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 23, 2018 – Seoul city signs an agreement with Korea Forest Service to increase urban forests in every corner of the capital. It is to reduce fine dust and improve citizen’s quality life.
The plan starts from creating small-sized parks including roof gardens and green walls of schools, apartment complexes and private buildings, and pocket parks to large-sized green area such as small forests and parks through urban regeneration projects. In the mid to long term, Seoul City will tighten the link between these urban forests and outskirt forests to find wind ways so that clean air from the outskirts of the city can flow into downtown. Through the plan, the city government aims to mitigate urban heat island effect and reduce fine dust. According to National Institute of Forest Science, urban forests have less fine dust and ultra-fine dust compared to downtown by 25.6 percent and 40.9 percent on average, respectively. The Seoul Metropolitan Government has already created parks and green areas by finding and regenerating industrial heritages, idle sites and leftover spaces.
This agreement is the first to be signed between a local government and Korea Forest Service since it announced the “measures to build green infrastructure for fine dust reduction and elegant cities” on 31 January. This agreement is a leading effort to develop and promote various models of urban forests in major cities in the country.
Seoul City Mayor Park Won-soon and Minister KIM Jae-Hyun of Korea Forest Service signs the “agreement on fine dust reduction and elegant cities” at Malli Plaza in Seoullo 7017 at 11am on 23 March (Friday). Following the signing ceremony, the city government holds a tree-planting campaign to celebrate the 73th anniversary of Arbor Day. On the day, Mayor Park Won-soon and Minister KIM Jae-Hyun plans to hand some 20,000 trees out to 5,000 citizens to raise awareness of the importance of tree planting.