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Planners' vision of a greener future

SHANGHAI is going green, with more land reserved for ecological use in the following five to 10 years, according to a new eco-network plan.

Nature reserves, wetlands, forests and farmland will cover half the city's 6,787- square-kilometer area by 2020 under the plan.

Xu Yisong, deputy director of city urban planning and land resource administration, said yesterday that the new plan "will draw clear lines among the land distribution concerning different usages."

He was speaking at the Bayer-Tongji-UNEP Sustainable Development Forum at Tongji University yesterday. The plan had been approved by the urban planning commission, the forum heard.

City Mayor Han Zheng, who is also the commission director, said the eco-network plan is an innovative idea and the city will learn a lot about urban development and how to improve residents' quality of life from the ongoing World Expo.

Under the plan, the city will build nine "eco-corridors" with large-scale forests and parks connecting suburban area to downtown.

Two greenery "rings" will surround the city with one circling the current Outer Ring Road and the other covering suburban areas, Xu said.

Some city land, about 260 square kilometers now mainly occupied by industry or residences, will be replanted with trees or become farmland, Xu said.

The city is expected to have 761 square kilometers of nature reserve, including a large wetland in Chongming Island.

The city is aiming to have 14 to 16 square meters of greenery for each resident, from the current 12.


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