Prague is one of the cities with the highest share of greenery in the world. There are 180 square meters of green space per person in the Czech capital, according to the HUGSI index, compiled by Husqvarna. In the final ranking, Prague finished in 13th place, then in the top ten in Europe, leaving behind Vienna, Geneva and the capital of northern Europe.
According to index The greenery covers about 56 percent of the total area of the Czech capital. It is the sum of forested areas, which make up 28 percent, and flat grasslands, which occupy 27 percent of the area of Prague. The Czech capital also performed well in terms of average vegetation health, so the index gave it a total score of 73.04 points out of a hundred.
That put her in the overall rankings thirteenth place in the world, within Europe then placed on ninth place. However, if we take into account only the capitals of the states, Prague will jump in second place in the global competition – behind Vilnius in Lithuania.
For example, Vienna in neighboring Austria significantly outperforms it. Although in recent years it has reigned over the ranking of cities with the highest majority of life in the world, compared to Prague, greenery occupies only 44 percent of the city’s area, and per capita of almost two million metropolises, 86 square meters of green space.
The deputy mayor of Prague, Petr Hlubuček, was not surprised by the city’s ranking. “When people moved into blocks of flats in the 1980s, the housing estate was strewn with untreated areas of concrete. The space eventually cultivated into relatively nice greenery, because people are used to taking care of the places where they live. Every place within walking distance is park, greenery or playground, “commented the result of Hlubuček.
Paris on the tail of Europe
The HUGSI index surveyed 155 cities from 60 countries. You need your score for each city based on several parameters. These included the mentioned percentage of urban greenery or average vegetation health, the share of green areas per capita or the distribution of urban space, and the percentage of green areas that cover forests or grasslands.
According to the Charlotte index, the greenest city in the United States is North Carolina. Green areas occupy 68 percent of the city’s territory, and more than half a square kilometer of forests or parks came from one of the approximately eight hundred thousand inhabitants. Charlotte can also be called by far the most forested city in the world – trees make up 56 percent of its territory.
Vilnius | Photo: Thinkstock
Trees make up about half of the area in the greenest city in Europe, the aforementioned Vilnius. He placed third in the world rankings, surpassed only by Charlotte and Durban in South Africa. Peru’s capital Lima finished in last place in the other rankings with a score of 0.21 and only four meters of green space per person. Within Europe, Paris was the worst, with Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Madrid in Spain and Athens in Greece at the top of the list.
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