In 2017 Sofia Municipality has started the initiative the ‘New Forest’ of Sofia. The aim is to plant over 125,000 aromatic trees in the span of 5-6 years. The objective is to transform abandoned municipal land into an urban forest and to build a green belt near Sofia to help improve air quality.
The issue of air pollution in Sofia is a major problem. The Municipality is constantly seeking to find proper actions that are easy and not very expensive to implement to tackle air pollution from traffic and domestic heating, and thus an analysis on the ecosystem services (including value of trees, green roofs, heat islands) will be valuable tool to support policy making and planning.