Biodiversity / Food / Water

April 2, 2012


Survey Finds Increase in Number of Municipal Parks and Improved Municipal Park Areas in FY2010

Keywords: Ecosystems / Biodiversity Government 

Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism(MLIT)released on December 9, 2011, the results of its annual survey on the state of municipal parks and other green areas, and on the greening efforts by municipalities in FY2010. The survey shows that throughout Japan municipal parks and similar areas marked an increase in both improved park space and total park space as compared with FY2009. The survey is conducted every year with the cooperation of all the prefectures and municipalities throughout Japan. In FY2010, however, the survey was not conducted for Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures, which had been greatly damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

As of the end of FY2010, municipal parks registered an increase in the total space of the improved parks from about 1,167,000 to about 1,182,000 hectares. The total number of parks increased from 98,568 to 99,874, an increase of 1,306 parks.Per capita park space also rose slightly, from about 9.7 to about 9.8 square meters per person.

MLIT plans to continuously improve municipal parks to meet the demand for disaster prevention and environmental protection. At the same time, it intends to take measures such as efficiently maintaining and managing of facilities to extend useful life, conserving green areas and planting trees.

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Posted: 2012/04/02 06:00:15 AM