For the third consecutive year, Milan obtained the recognition of “City of Trees of the World” FAO (Food and Cultural Organization of the United Nations), and announces 20 new parks by 2030.
Milan stands out in the management of its green spaces, and in particular its trees. For the third consecutive year, the Lombard capital has been included in the international network “Tree cities of the world”, recognition from the United Nations Food and Culture Organization (FAO). Some 138 cities around the world are part of it, including Barcelona, San Francisco and Brussels. In Italy, in addition to Milan, there are also Turin, Padua, Cesena, Modena, Lignano Sabbiadoro and San Mango d’Aquino.
Milan has met all the criteria, but above all it has been awarded for its 18,395 trees planted in one year, during the year 2021. This in particular thanks to the Forestami project, launched at the end of 2019, which aims to constitute an urban forest in Milan by planting 3 million new trees by 2030.
To date, Milan has 25 million m² of public green spaces between parks and gardens. And by 2030, 20 new urban parks must see the light of day.
It must be said that Milan particularly needs these trees. Each plant absorbs tens of kilograms of Co2 each year, in addition to filtering fine PM10 particles. However, according to the environmental association Legambiante, during the first quarter of 2022, Milan has already exceeded the maximum annual threshold of days when a city can exceed the levels of Pm10.
Furthermore, the latest report on the urban ecosystem sees the city of Milan ranked 11th in Italy for its number of trees per inhabitant (37 trees per 100 inhabitants), and 73rd for the total area of green space, 17.8 m² per inhabitant. But that without surprise since Milan is a metropolis.