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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Richer de Forges

Analysis of urban greenery developments in China

Excited to share insights on China's impressive strides in urban greenery! 





Did you know that China has been rapidly increasing its urban green space to combat pollution and enhance quality of life? According to a recent report by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, China added over 200,000 hectares of urban green space in 2023 alone, reaching a total of 3.65 million hectares nationwide. This concerted effort reflects China's commitment to sustainable urban development and environmental conservation. (Source: Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, China)



Furthermore, initiatives like the "Sponge City" program are transforming urban landscapes by integrating green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff and mitigate flooding risks. With over 30 pilot cities already implementing this innovative approach, China aims to create 80% of its urban areas into sponge cities by 2030, fostering resilience to climate change and enhancing ecological balance. (Source: China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment)



Moreover, the economic benefits of urban greenery are substantial. A study by the World Bank found that every dollar invested in urban green space yields a return of up to $2.50 in economic benefits, including improved air quality, reduced healthcare costs, and increased property values. This underscores the importance of green infrastructure as a driver of sustainable urban development and economic prosperity. (Source: World Bank)



As we celebrate these achievements, let's continue to champion policies and practices that prioritize green spaces in our cities, creating healthier, more livable environments for generations to come. Together, we can build greener, more sustainable cities for a brighter future.





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