Leiden appointed one of ten BiodiverCities in Europe

Leiden has been selected as one of the ten cities to take part in the European BioDiverCities project. It is a project to improve the quality of life in the cities, among other things by developing a green infrastructure and enhancing the biodiversity. The municipality of Leiden collaborates with Naturalis and Leiden University on this.

BiodiverCities is part of the EU ambition to be the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. Together with nine other selected cities, Leiden is actively enhancing and monitoring the biodiversity in the city. By designing the living environment in a more natural way, the decline in biodiversity may be inhibited.

“I am proud that we will work on this with our partners Naturalis and Leiden University. The honorary title BiodiverCity emphasises the importance of recovering and strengthening the biodiversity in the city” says councillor Ashley North. A greater diversity in plant and animal types results in a more beautiful nature and is good for pollinating food crops or for water purification.

The BiodiverCities project will be jointly undertaken by the municipality and biology & environmental sciences students. Because around half of the territory in Leiden is in private hands, it is also important to collaborate with residents, businesses and social organisations.

Naturalis Biodiversity Centre is the national research institute on biodiversity. By combining the knowledge of the scientists of Naturalis and those of Leiden University's Centre of Environmental Sciences regarding biodiversity in the city, the biodiversity in the city will be enhanced. This combination could present Leiden as the city of expertise on urban ecology at a national and European level.

Green areas around homes with a shared entrance hardly ever used. The project researches an improved biodiversity. (Photo: PR).