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Biodiverse Cities improves biodiversity in cities

Biodiverse Cities aims to accelerate campaigning for biodiversity in cities, support ecosystem services, balance coexistence between humans and nature and create nature-inclusive societies. Some 16 partners, spread across Europe and each with their own expertise (in ecology, policy or co-creation), are joining forces to improve biodiversity in cities.

Header Biodiverse Cities

A society where both nature and people can flourish to the fullest.


The North Sea Region is a vast urbanised area and is a barrier to ecosystem continuity. A loss of biodiversity has a huge impact on climate change, ecology and human well-being. Despite increasing policy attention around diversity, it is often overlooked in cities. Urban professionals also often lack the necessary expertise.

Biodiverse Cities aims to accelerate action on biodiversity to transform cities into nature-inclusive societies.


The main objectives of the Biodiverse Cities project are:

  1. to improve the continuity of natural networks and the quality of green infrastructure and increase biodiversity
  2. to improve citizens' relationship with and acceptance of nature and biodiversity
  3. to integrate biodiversity holistically into all city processes (governance, policy and investment)

The pilot projects

5 partner cities in Europe are establishing a Nature-based Solutions pilot project to improve local biodiversity. Three 'pollinator' cities will replicate the solutions based on the results.

» Aarhus pilot project

The focus in Aarhus is on restoring the natural habitat of farmland and creating green corridors for the benefit of nature and citizens' health in the Green Ring south of Aarhus. An action plan to convert farmland into nature and restore native vegetation such as dry heath in the Hede Enge area is also being drawn up. Private landowners will be involved in the process. Aarhus is also investigating possibilities for more recreation.

» Bremen pilot project

Bremen is focused on creating green spaces, planting urban trees and constructing green roofs.

» Dordrecht pilot project

Dordrecht will transform several areas of the city, e.g. conversion to an XXL city park. It will also develop a climate oasis for citizens and create a new park with 250 trees.

» Lille pilot project

Lille's focus is on the creation of ecological corridors and brown grids, the renaturation of urban soils and the design of tools for urban monitoring.

» Växjö pilot project

This project is (re)developing the Arena City area to offer more nature, leisure and culture. A new development area is also being created in Telestadshöjden, with opportunity for nature integration (connection to wetland) and citizen co-creation.

Project partners
City partners






Knowledge partners

Aarhus University

Aeres University of Applied Sciences Almere

University of Bremen

Open Kaart

Impact partners


Flanders Environment Agency

Local support partners

Bremer Umwelt Beratung

Het Vogelnest

'Pollinator' cities

City of Bergen

LSBG Hamburg

Ville de Brest

Type project: Interreg North Sea Region

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