SUWON, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — The city of Suwon, Gyeonggi Province plans to expand its urban forest by 2022 to tackle fine dust.
The city announced on Monday that it plans to reduce average fine dust levels by 30 percent before 2022, by expanding urban green spaces by 30 percent.
Tree planting, covering urban installations with plants, rooftop gardens, green curtains, rain gardens, and an urban arboretum are only some of the projects that Suwon is planning to carry out to expand urban green spaces from 12 million ㎡ to 15.6 million ㎡ by 2022.
Suwon’s yearly average level of fine dust is 26㎍/㎥, which exceeds the government standard of 15㎍/㎥. The city will try to bring this down to 18㎍/㎥ by 2022.
“The fundamental resolution of the fine dust problem lies in a precise understanding of its source to design correct plans for reduction,” said Baek Un-seok, the deputy mayor of Suwon.
“The city will conduct city-wide investigations to track down various sources of fine dust to come up with more effective measures.”
Suwon vowed to revise its ordinance on fine dust prevention to make way for follow-up fine dust policies, as well as increase the supply of eco-friendly vehicles to reduce pollutants.
The city also plans to work with the neighboring cities of Uiwang, Ansan, Yongin, and Hwaseong to establish a collaborative network to jointly tackle fine dust problems and other environmental issues.
M. H. Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)