This short film introduces Berlin as one of the European cities aligned with the URBES - Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services project. The URBES project was funded as part of the EU's 7th Framework Programme for Research by BiodivERsA, which is a network of 21 research-funding agencies across 15 European countries promoting pan-European research that generates new knowledge for the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity.
Berlin is one of the greenest cities in Europe, with more than 2,500 public green spaces, parks and gardens. These areas provide a home for natural diversity and a high quality of life for citizens.
Over the next 15 years, the German capital is expected to grow by more than a quarter of a million inhabitants to 3.7 million. This expansion is likely to increase built-up areas and put pressure on green spaces.
This video shows that the city’s administration has recognized that nature conservation and the protection of green spaces are vital for sustainable urban development and social equality.