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Citizens' dialogue on the Berlin biodiversity strategy

On August 25, 2023, the Botanical Garden in Berlin will open its doors from 5 to 7 p.m. to enable a discussion about Berlin's biodiversity strategy. Before the planned adoption in spring 2024, the organizing team would like to collect ideas and comments from citizens.

“Berliners know their city best and know where and how we can implement measures most effectively. It is therefore important that their ideas are heard and incorporated into Berlin's biodiversity strategy," says Sandra Naumann, the responsible officer who will represent the Berlin Senate Department for Mobility, Transport, Climate Protection and the Environment on Friday.

The discussion also focuses on the role of citizen engagement and citizen science in the continuation and implementation of the strategy.

Since spring 2022, researchers have been working in collaboration with around 200 committed citizens in the "Plant Climate Culture!" with the effects of climate change on plants in urban areas. This innovative citizen science project takes place on specially created "climate beds" in the gardens of the participating citizens. After a year of intensive research, the first results can be drawn.

Another goal of the project is to promote dialogue. The botanical gardens of the cities serve as central places to enable the exchange between citizens, politicians, city actors and associations.

The focus of these talks is how a future city that is climate resilient and biodiverse could be designed.

The interdisciplinary project "Plant ClimateCulture!" is a cooperation between the Berlin Botanical Garden (BO Berlin) and the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), in cooperation with the Universities of Jena, Leipzig and Halle-Wittenberg, and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
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