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  • Seoul City Plants Trees in Mongolia to Help Block Yellow Dust and Fine Dust

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    Seoul City Plants Trees in Mongolia to Help Block Yellow Dust and Fine Dust
    Digging holes for treesPlanting and watering trees
    Digging holes for treesPlanting and watering trees

    The air quality in Seoul is greatly affected by not only internal factors, but those of surrounding nations as well. As an answer to this, Seoul City is making an effort to mitigate the yellow dust and fine dust levels by planting trees in Mongolia’s desert areas. Since 2016, Seoul City has planted 40,000 trees across 40 hectares (ha) of the district of Argalant in Mongolia, which is 90% desert, and is planning to plant 20,000 more trees on 20 hectares in 2018.

    Considering the characteristics of the Mongolian region, where trees grow slowly and have a low rate of survival, complementary tree planting efforts are going to continue to be carried out until at least 100 hectares have been covered.

    • ○ 2016: 20,160 windbreak trees on 20 ha (planted in October)
    • ○ 2017: 20,000 windbreak trees and fruit trees on 20 ha (first round of planting in March, complementary planting in October)
    • ○ 2018: 20,000 windbreak trees and fruit trees on 20 ha (first round of planting in March, complementary planting in October)

    ※ The survival rate for trees in Mongolia is about 50%

    This program includes the direct participation of local residents, whose response to the program is positive, as it is linked with income generation. This will allow the project to be conducted on an ongoing basis in the future. Seoul City will continue working in various ways to improve the city’s air quality.