SEOUL, June 18 (Korea Bizwire) – Over the past 10 years, Seoul has expanded the size of it green space with trees by 669 hectares or 3.2 times the size of Yeouido, thanks to eco-friendly policies to preserve and increase forest cover.
According to a biotope map released by the Seoul Metropolitan Government on June 17, the total area of green space in Seoul increased to 2,727ha in 2005 from 2,058ha in 2005, through the creation of Pureun Arboretum in Hangdong, Jungrang Camping Forest and others. It accounts for 4.5 percent of the city’s total area, and is 3.2 times larger than Yeouido.
By biotope type analysis, 22.86 percent of Seoul is categorized as first class and 21.67 percent of its land was assessed as fifth class.
If the biotope type analysis and individual biotope assessment is rated as first class, real estate development projects are limited in the area according to city development ordinances.
Meanwhile, 226 species of birds, 30 different kinds of amphibians and reptiles, 80 species of fish and 29 different mammals inhabit the megacity, according to the map. The map is available at http://gis.seoul.go.kr.
By John Choi (firstname.lastname@example.org)