Investment in Moscow: Investment climate factors

Creating a comfortable urban environment is one of the priority areas for the city’s development.

Moscow now has 436 parks and green areas, as compared to only 130 parks and 86 recreational zones in 2010. During the past five years, parks attendance in summer has increased almost four times. The Moscow budget expenses for improving and maintaining urban parks, yards and green areas in 2012-2016 amounted to ca. 196 bn RUB. Hide chart

Moscow budget expenses for developing the recreation and tourism industry within green areas, bn RUB

*Forecast
Source: Moscow State Program "Recreation and Tourism Industry Development in 2012-2018" (as amended on 10.10.2016)

Moscow has a great deal of green spaces. The proportion of green spaces in Old Moscow is around a third of the whole city area, an indicator which is comparable to the level of London. In New Moscow, the green spaces have increased to 122,000 hectares or 49% of the area of Greater Moscow, which has overtaken the level of the ‘greenest’ cities in the world, such as Sidney and Singapore. Show chart

Area of green spaces in global cities as a % of the total city

Source: World Cities Culture Forum, Department for Environmental Management and Protection of Moscow

The city is taking care of the ecology and the residents' health. In 2010-2015, the polluted water discharge into the water bodies of Moscow decreased by 50% as compared to 2009. Show chart

Polluted water discharge into water bodies, million cu. m

Source: Rosstat.

Over the past 5 years, the level of air pollution in Moscow has decreased by 11%. The significant improvement of the city's ecological situation became possible due to developing pedestrian areas and bicycle paths, improving public transport, introducing environmental requirements for downtown freight transport and paid parking lots. In terms of air purity, Moscow is comparable to Singapore and Berlin, ahead of Hong Kong, Istanbul and Shanghai, and behind Sydney, New York and London. Show chart

Average annual concentration of harmful 10 microns or smaller microparticles in the atmosphere, μg/m3

Source: World Health Organization, Moscow Department of Natural Resources Management and Environmental Protection

Moscow budget expenses for developing the recreation and tourism industry within green areas, bn RUB

* Forecast
Source: Moscow State Program "Recreation and Tourism Industry Development in 2012-2018" (as amended on 10.10.2016)

Area of green spaces in global cities as a % of the total city

Source: World Cities Culture Forum, Department for Environmental Management and Protection of Moscow

Polluted water discharge into water bodies, million cu. m

Source: Rosstat.

Average annual concentration of harmful 10 microns or smaller microparticles in the atmosphere, μg/m3

Source: World Health Organization, Moscow Department of Natural Resources Management and Environmental Protection