Kraków FIFTH greenest city in the world, says new ranking
Kraków is among the greenest cities in the world, in terms of urban green space, according to a new international ranking – coming in 5th place.
The report by the Husqvarna Urban Green Space Index (HUGSI), which ranked 155 cities in 60 countries in terms of their green spaces using computer vision and deep learning techniques on satellite images, listed Kraków in 5th place with a score of 76.92 percent.
According to the index’s calculations, the percentage of urban green space in Kraków – the area of green space divided by the city’s total area – is 57 percent.
Of that, 37 percent is covered by trees and 20 percent by grass. The urban green space per capita is 207.4 square metres.
Two other Polish cities also did well in the ranking: Wrocław and Warsaw, which ranked 22nd and 23rd, with scores of roughly 71.
In Wrocław, the urban green space per capita is 193.4 square metres, significantly more than in Warsaw, where it is 134.5 square metres.
Conducted by Swedish manufacturer of outdoor power products Husqvarna, the ranking’s purpose is to “help safeguard and improve maintenance of green spaces in urban areas”.
As the HUGSI website notes: “With proven environmental and recreational value, the development and management of urban green space is becoming a focus area for cities across the globe.”
The ranking was topped by Charlotte in the United States, which scored 81.12 points overall. It was followed by Durban (South Africa), Vilnius (Lithuania) and Dortmund (Germany).
Lima in Peru ranked the worst with only 4 percent where the urban green space per capita is just 4.3 square metres.
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