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Ugly sites can help beautify landscape

SHANGHAI has set up a team of experts, backed by government departments, to speed up converting contaminated land or demolished industrial sites into green areas.

The announcement was made by Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau yesterday, when a special research center on “land repairing” was set up to guide the process of land renewal.

The city’s land resources that can be developed into greenery are becoming ever scarcer, so sites previously used for industrial or commercial purposes that have been contaminated with waste or pollution, are being brought into play, officials said. Such sites would be explored and turned into green areas and forests.

The bureau said such sites were not easily developed into greenery because most of them had poor environmental conditions, such as being heavily polluted, or substandard soil quality, but it was expected that more than a quarter of new greenery and forests in the city would be developed from such land by 2030.

“The city’s land resources are scarce,” said Zhu Yi, an expert with the Shanghai Academy of Landscape Architecture Science and Planning. “Land that once housed factories were scattered across the city and these could be made use of by introducing greenery to improve the surrounding environment,” he said.

Shanghai’s greenery project technology research center for “difficult land” was launched yesterday.

A highlight of the program is the Laogang garbage landfill site, where a protection forest and countryside plants were being planted to improve the ecological system, officials said.


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