Policy / Systems / Technology

October 11, 2007


Tokyo Gov't Launches 10-Year Project for Green Metropolis

Keywords: Ecosystems / Biodiversity Local government Policy / Systems 

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) has formulated the outline of a "10-Year Project for Green Tokyo," it was announced on June 8, 2007. The outline shows the basic concept and the direction of measures the TMG will take to recreate Tokyo as a metropolis filled with greenery.

Major green oases will be connected by street trees through a "green road network." A forested area called "Umi-no-Mori" (Green Island), as large as the Imperial Palace, will appear on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. A total of 1,000 hectares of green area will be newly created. A "greening campaign" will enhance participation in greening activities throughout Tokyo. The number of roadside trees is to double to one million.

The project consists of the following four pillars:
1. Promote a greening campaign led by citizens and private companies
2. Expand the green network by doubling the number of roadside trees
3. Create a hub for greening in each community mainly through the promotion of turf-covered school grounds
4. Make every effort to create and preserve green areas

The TMG intends to take concrete measures such as carrying out the "Umi-no-Mori" plan in cooperation with citizens and businesses, planting street trees by removing utility poles along roadsides, training grass-care leaders who will administer grass maintenance at schools, and organizing support groups for the turf ground initiative. The plan also promotes the greening of other urban spaces, including rooftops, building walls, railroad premises, and parking lots.


Posted: 2007/10/11 04:08:05 PM
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