From 1 September, it is no longer possible to build without planting trees in Kragujevac

Kragujevac is the first city in Serbia to ban the construction of buildings without developers planting trees first.

As of 1 September, for every newly constructed building spanning up to 1,000 square metres, real estate developers in Kragujevac must plant ten new trees in the city. If the residential and commercial building exceeds 1,000 square metres, developers are obliged to plant an additional tree for every additional 500 square metres of the new building.

This decision was taken at the initiative of the mayor of Kragujevac, Nikola Dašić, with the unanimous support of the members of the city’s parliament, and is part of the initiative ‘Give Back to Nature – Plant a Tree’.

The latest report from the State Geodetic Institute shows that the expansion of construction in the heart of the Šumadija region is not slowing down. That is to say, in the second quarter of 2022, compared to the second quarter of 2021, the number of real estate sales in this city increased by 7.4 per cent, and the bought real estate was mostly paid for via loans in Kragujevac (37 per cent).

Prices per square metre are cheaper than in other big cities in Serbia, ranging from 762 to 1,703 euro per square metre, according to the latest data.

“In accordance with the demand, there is a lot of construction, so last year the municipal administration issued 1,389 permits for the construction of new residential or commercial premises. If at least one tree is cut down under each of these approvals, we arrive at the data that the city would be left without trees in that year. Kragujevac must grow and develop, but not at the expense of nature and a healthy environment. The afforestation of Kragujevac’s territory is currently at only 11.84 per cent and this is a red alert for us; we do not want to stop the progress of the city, but to find a solution to be recognisable as a green city again. The goal of the initiative is to reforest 50 per cent of the territory,’ Kragujevac Mayor Nikola Dašić told

(, 04.09.2022)

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