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Projects and activities | 23 June 2021

BiodiverCities - A roadmap to enhance the biodiversity and green infrastructure of European cities by 2030

BiodiverCities is a project in the context of the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030. It aims to enhance civil society participation in local and urban decision-making, leading to buiding a joint vision of the green city of tomorrow shared among citizens, scientists and policy-makers.

BiodiverCities is funded by a grant of the European Parliament. It is implemented by the Joint Research Centre and DG Environment. The project will collect practices of how to engage citizens in co-creating visions around urban nature, monitoring, and solutions to improve urban biodiversity in the fields of planning and policy-making. It will also assess how urban green infrastructure can be used to provide local benefits for people and nature, and how it can contribute to enhancing regional biodiversity.

Through a public Call for an expression of interest, the BiodiverCities project has selected twelve cities to experiment participatory and innovative approaches to enhance biodiversity in urban areas. The cities we work with are: Leiden (Netherlands), Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Valongo (Portugal),  Vilnius (Lithuania), Maribor (Slovenia), Novi Sad (Serbia), Palermo (Italy), Regalbuto (Italy), Varese (Italy), Olso (Norway), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Lisbon (Portugal). Seven EU member states are represented within BiodiverCities, plus Norway and Serbia.

We collaborate with experts representing each city, coming from different “walks of life”: practitioners of citizen engagement, planners, institutional representatives of local municipalities, researchers and CSO.

BiodiverCities is centered on co-creation as a pivotal element in urban planning and policymaking for biodiversity. In this spirit, twelve participatory and innovative experiments are taking shape, with different focuses: from mapping of trees to establishing a new culture of biodiversity, reframing the relationship between humans and nature. Yet, they share the aim to empower citizens to co-create policies that are fit-for-purpose: designed with citizens and for citizens. Today, following the co-design phase, the citizen engagement activities are in the process of being implemented.

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