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Miyawaki Forests

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What:

  • It is a Japanese method for creating dense urban forests in small areas.

Why:

  • To increase the green cover in urban areas.

Pros:

  • Self-sustaining
  • Doesn’t require regular maintenance such as watering or manuring
  • Cost effective
  • Helps capture dust particles, thus reducing pollution
  • Helps regulate surface temperature

How:

  • Planting 2-4 different indigenous tree species within every square metre.
  • Some of the commonly used trees include- Amala, Anjan, Arjun, Bel and Gunj.
  • Within 3 years, these trees become self-sustaining and grow to their full length.

Who:

  • Named after Akira Miyawaki, a Japanese botanist.

Where:

  • The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is creating such urban forests in parts of Mumbai.

When:

  • This was developed in the 1970s.

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