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Madrid Plans to Build the Largest Metropolitan Forest in Europe

Madrid Plans to Build the Largest Metropolitan Forest in Europe

The Spanish capital of Madrid is planning to create a huge forest belt around the city to combat poor air quality, absorb carbon, cool it’s temperatures, and make the city a happier and greener place. This ambitious green project is referred to as “El Bosque Metropolitano” (The Metropolitan Forest) and it will include new parks, leisure areas and green bridges over several highways.

Also called the “environmental belt” it will consist of between 100,000 and $450,000 trees, including a range of species from holly oaks to pines, poplars and strawberry trees. The forest belt is expected to be 74km long.



The completion of “El Bosque Metropolitano” is estimated to be 12 years and it is slated to have the capacity to absorb 170,000 tons of CO2. Urban developers are submitting concepts as part of a contest held by Madrid City Council. The chosen developer will initially receive €4.1 million in EU funds to kick off the project.

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