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Title: Seoul's greenbelt: an experiment in urban containment

Author: Bengston, David N.; Yeo-Chang, Youn

Year: 2005

Publication: In: Bengston, David N., tech. ed. Policies for managing urban growth and landscape change: a key to conservation in the 21st century. Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-265. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station. 27-34

Abstract: Urban containment policies are considered by some to be a promising approach to growth management. The greenbelt-based urban containment policy of Seoul, Republic of Korea is examined as a case study. Seoul's greenbelt has generated both significant social costs and benefits. Korea's greenbelt policy is currently being revised, largely due to pressure from greenbelt landowners and developers. While there is no definitive answer to the question of whether Seoul would be a more or less "sustainable city" today without the greenbelt, it is certain that in the absence of the greenbelt Seoul would have lost much of its rich natural heritage and essential ecosystem services.

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