In March this year a competition was launched in Denmark challenging municipalities to compete for the title of "wildest municipality". The winning municipality will be assessed on the following criteria: new biodiversity ideas, engagement, the size of the areas converted for biodiversity and spreading of knowledge and skills related to creating wild nature to citizens. In addition, municipalities are free to focus on completely different activities to improve biodiversity in the municipalities. Out of 98 municipalities 89 have enrolled and the competition will run from now and until autumn 2022. Surprise, surprise, Høje Taastrup is of course part of the competition and Nabil Zacharias Ben Chaabane Nabil and his team are part of the endeavors. Obviously, the URBiNAT project in Høje Taastrup will help in this matter, since one of the aims is with citizens to improve biodiversity in the Gadehavegaard area. The big prize is 1 mill. Danish kroner to be invested by the winning municipality in additional biodiversity. Similar to the successful strategy in Hjørring, the competition highlights the importance of engaging citizens and other stakeholders to achieve a maximum of biodiversity. Now the big question: Have you got a great idea that Høje Taastrup could use to help them win this competition? If you have, Nabil and I would love to hear from you. Tom Mackenzie Tom , you are welcome to use this story on our website also, if you find it worth while.
Launched in the summer of 2018, the URBiNAT project is focused on the regeneration and integration of economically deprived social housing districts in seven pilot cities across Europe, from Porto in northern Portugal to Høje Taastrup near Copenhagen, to the historic city of Siena in Italy, and to the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Between 2018 and 2023, residents in each city will be called on to take part in the co-design, co-construction and, ultimately, the co-evaluation of locally inspired and/or adapted Nature-Based Solutions.