2010 FIFA World Cup – IUCN supports the greening of the route to Soccer City Stadium

18 January 2010 | News story
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The world will again converge in South Africa to watch the 2010 World Cup. Despite the fact that people will come to watch the soccer world cup games, it is expected that many will visit tourist attractions and historical sites and places such as Soweto and Robben Island.

The final of the world’s premier sporting event will be held at Soccer City and the attention of more than a billion spectators and television viewers will be firmly focused on Soweto. It is against this background that IUCN is supporting the Johannesburg City Park in greening the route to Soccer City along Ben Naude Drive in Nasrec, Soweto. Through the greening project, the route will be covered by indigenous trees of South Africa such as Combretum Erythrophylum and Celtis Africana.

This will not only add to the scenery of the city but also ensure the restocking of indigenous tree species in Johannesburg as well as increasing the number of trees in the city. It is hoped that more than 300,000 trees will be planted in Soweto by 2010. This initiative will address disparities and enhance the lives of residents and those who visit Soweto, by transforming the dry and dusty streets to vibrant green and sustainable settlements.
Greening Soweto 2010 is a joint project by Johannesburg City Parks and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with financial support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Embassy in Pretoria. For more information, please contact hastings.chikoko@iucn.org


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