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24 citizen-led projects will make Copenhagen greener

24 citizen-led projects will make Copenhagen greener

The Danish capital will provide funding for projects which will increase the city’s biodiversity

In 2020, the City of Copenhagen collaborated with the Danish Society of Nature Conservation to develop a biodiversity strategy that would help transform the capital into a greener city. Subsequently, the two organisations created a biodiversity fund which they are now using to finance 24 citizen-led projects.

Taking this further, the municipality initially received 100 applications from residents who had creative ideas for the city’s transformation. Out of these 100, Copenhagen selected 24 projects which will each receive between DKK 3,000 (EUR 400) and DKK 210,000 (EUR 28,000). The total amount of money allocated for the projects is DKK 1,211,100 (EUR 162,849.96).

Focusing on biodiversity and education

All of the selected projects will benefit birds, small animals, plants, and insects in one way or another. More specifically, 15 projects will create more greenery and biodiversity in the city, 6 will focus on the education of citizens, 2 will create better breeding opportunities for animals (fish and birds), and 1 will explore how to enhance biodiversity on city roofs.

Commenting on this initiative and the involvement of citizens, Mayor of Technology and Environment Ninna Hedeager Olsen stated: “It is really important that we do something good for biodiversity. There are many places in the city where biodiversity can and must be strengthened. Small wild and green oases will make a big difference for both animals and people in the city. I am really happy that Copenhageners have accepted our invitation to take part in the work of creating biodiversity on such a large scale. The creativity has been great.”

Similarly, Social Democrat Marcus Vesterager noted the importance of the citizens’ efforts to have a say in the management of the city. What is more, he reminds the public that it is only when politicians and residents work together that they will be able to create a greener city.

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