Milan, three million plants to embrace the city

Project "Forestami" will be completed before 2030: it will reduce by 4/5 the emitted CO2 in the city

Forestami is an open project that has the objective of involving as many people and istitution as possible, to make Milano greener, healthier and even more attractive.

The project, despite being delayed by the Pandemic, will be up and running by 2030 and will reduce by 4/5 the emitted Co2, will clean up the air of Milan (absorbing tons of particulate matter) and will cool down the summer temperature of the city of 2-3 degrees.

In July 2021, Forestami has reached the first milestone, having planted 300.000 trees in all of the city of Milan

“Milan has anticipated a national project of urban forestation: woods around cities and clusters of trees within it keep and favour biodiversity, reduce global warming, absorbe particulate matter and reduce Co2.” Said Stefano Boeri, Architect and Alumnus of the Politecnico di Milan, President of the scientific committee of the project ‘Forestami’.

“Forestami” has anticipated the path that the Government will extend to all the country with the “Climate-Law” says the Minister for Environment Costa in an interview on ‘La Stampa’. The decade between 2020 and 2030 will be crucial to protect the environment: within 2050 there has to be a plan to de-carbonize Italy. We have defined the minimum standards for future cities and we think that Milan is a successful prototype. In order to realise it” he added “i twill be possible for the project to access financing from the Green Deal and the Recovery Plan.”

The project involves not only the city but thw whole metropolitan area: 133 municipalities have agreed to participate (for a total of 3.2 million citizens), as well as cultural and business institutions, such as Fondazione Falk, Parchi Nord e Sud, Fondazione Comunità Milano and the Universities of the City (Studi, Bicocca and Politecnico).

“In this few first months” says Stefano Boeri “we have found 253 new areas for urban forestation (713 acres) of which 167 areas (344 acres)were already made available by the first list of municipalities, regional parks (Agricolo Sud Milano, Parco Nord Milano and Parco Lombardo della Valle Ticino) as well as the parks of the city Agricolo Nord Est and Delle Cave.”

The Mayor of Milan, Sala added “The plan of planting 3 million plants by 2030 in the whole metropolitan area is not an “exercise in style” but a concrete intention of challenging climate change”.