Here’s a quick look at some of the greenest cities across the world. We’ve put together the top cities across continents based on the percentage of land covered by trees across the cities (excluding Antartica). Do you know you can rate cities based on how satisfied you feel with available green spaces on our platform?
We’ve used a number of different public sources to put together this ranking and would love to hear from you in case you agree or disagree with some of these. Also let us know which cities you feel are emerging to compete with some of these listed.
Asia – Singapore
This city-state and island country in South-East Asia may be one of the first with a vision to be a green city. Then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on 11 May 1967 introduced a “garden city” vision aimed at transforming the city with abundant greenery and a clean environment in order to make life more pleasant for the people. Reports indicate nearly 30 per cent of the urban areas within the republic are covered by greenery.
Africa – Durban, South Africa
Durban has consistently ranked amongst the top 10 cities in terms of having a green cover. One place you may want to visit on your trip to Durban is a visit to the Durban Botanic Gardens. Established in 1849, this is currently Africa’s oldest surviving botanic garden and continues to actively contribute to plant conservation and plant-based education.
North America- Tampa, Florida
Did you know that since 1981, Tampa has been nationally designated a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation (Source: Tampa government).
With a 36.1% tree cover as reported earlier this year by a MIT’s Senseable Lab Treepedia study, Tampa is one of the greenest cities in the US.
South America- Curitiba, Brazil
Estimates peg the city to have 52 square meters of green space per capita with some claiming it to be the greenest city in the world. It is also home to nearly 400 square kilometers of parkland. Added to the greenery is the famed Curitiba’s bus rapid transit system (BRT) which caters to the needs of nearly 70 to 80 percent of the daily trips made by residents.
Europe -Ljubljana, Slovenia
The capital city of Slovenia has in recent years been a winner as the European Green Capital. Three quarters of the entire territory of Ljubljana are estimated to be green areas which include contiguous aquatic, forest and agricultural areas.
And yes, if you do plan to visit this city, do not forget to visit the Path of Memories and Comradeship – it is the longest tree-lined avenue in the city, with an estimated 7,000 trees.
Australia – Sydney
The city’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 aims to enhance the average total canopy cover by 50 per cent by 2030 (from 15 to 23 per cent), from a 2008 baseline. As steps towards this goal, plans include planting of 700 new street trees each year until 2021 and 50,000 new trees and shrubs in City parks and street gardens each year until 2021.
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