Seoul City said it plans to have completely planted the ‘Mongolia Seoul Forest’ forest in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator by October 2012 to shield the country from rapid deforestation.
The project to build the forest in Ulan Bator is the first step towards preventing the next generation from natural disasters caused by rapid deforestation. Also, it is one of the representative international cooperation projects for the environment following the third summit of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group that was held in Seoul in May of last year.
On behalf of the project, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon paid an official visit to Ulan Bator in June 2009. Whilst there, Oh and Ulan Bator Mayor Munkhbayar Gombosuren signed a memorandum of understanding to forge cooperation in the fields of the environment and economy.
How the Mongolia Seoul Forest is being built?
The Mongolia Seoul Forest will be located across 2 hectares of a 670-hectare site in the Bayanzurkh district of Ulan Bator. The site is scheduled to be designed as a national park, and the project cost will amount to about 3 billion won. A part of the forest will be decorated with Korea’s traditional landscape architecture, and the rest will contain with trees.
Work under way to renovate the ‘Street of Seoul’ in Ulan Bator
Seoul City constructed a street of Seoul in Ulan Bator after signing a collaboration deal with the city, as part of its efforts to foster a friendly and cooperative relationship between the two cities. Experts have pointed out that the ‘Street of Seoul’ in Ulan Bator requires renovation because it has been poorly managed. Thus, restoration of the Street of Seoul began on Oct. 28, 2009, in the wake of the 370th anniversary of the Mongolian capital’s foundation. The work is set to be competed by the end of October, this year.