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Milan, over 500 thousand trees: the "ForestaMI"project is in full swing

The “ForestaMI” project goes live and the new agronomic season has opened, with the planting of over 114 thousand plants in the Metropolitan City, about 28 thousand of which in the Municipality of Milan, which has thus exceeded 500,000 trees.

"ForestaMi", the forestry campaign in the Municipality of Milan and in the Metropolitan City, is going on, despite the inevitable current difficulties related to the pandemic, and it aims at the ambitious goal of planting 3 million trees by 2030 in the entire territory.

27,721 plants, of which 20,120 trees and 7,621 shrubs: these are the numbers of the planting plan for the city of Milan during the agronomic season, which also includes trees to replace all those that have been cut down because of sickness or that have fallen due to bad weather.

"Planting even just a tree is a gesture of faith in tomorrow - comments the Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala - it is an investment in the future of our neighborhoods, our municipalities and our Country. The start of the new agronomic season and 'ForestaMi' acquire an even deeper value in this period of medical emergency. Thanks also to the support of private and individual citizens, they tell the importance of urban forestry in the sustainability path that Milan has undertaken for some time to improve the environmental quality. It is not only about increasing green spaces, but also about contributing to build and spread a common and shared environmental awareness: a commitment that Milan has made its own ".

Stefano Boeri, President of the Scientific Committee of "ForestaMi": "The real challenge today is linked to urban forestry, which presents itself more than ever as a basic need: the woods around cities, and continuous systems of important trees inside them, clean the air by absorbing fine dust, shade the public areas avoiding excessive heating, reduce CO2. But not only: trees improve the quality of life and of public health”.
VEG-GAP Project - LIFE18 PRE IT 003
Duration: December 2018 - December 2021
Total Budget: 1,666,667 Euro
European Financial Contribution: 1,000,000 Euro
Coordinated by Mihaela Mircea, ENEA (IT)