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Biodiversity and protected areas

Welcome to the city where green's at home.

GREEN, GREEN, GREEN

If you take a look across Ljubljana from any viewing point, you soon realise that you are surrounded by nature. Ljubljana echoes the surrounding nature, learns from it, but most of all respects it. Welcome to the city where green is at home.

GREEN

There are four landscape parks in the city area, numerous avenues, individual mighty trees and parks and gardens. The Castle Hill and Botanical Garden are also protected. More than 46% of the land within the city boundary is indigenous woodland. In the city centre, the City has preserved numerous areas which today are a habitat for many protected, rare and endangered species, some of which are extinct elsewhere in Europe.

PROTECTION

In line with applicable regulations, protected natural areas are classified as Natura 2000 sites, Ecologically Important Areas and Natural Assets (National or Local Importance). 

Natura 2000 is an ecologically significant area which in the EU is important to maintain and achieve a favourable state of birds and other wildlife and plant species and their habitats and habitat types. These areas form a European ecological network.

Ecologically important areas are a range of habitat types, parts of habitat types or ecosystem units which significantly contribute to the conservation of biodiversity.

Natural assets are particularly rare, valuable or famous geological phenomena, minerals, fossils and field deposits, karst phenomena, underground caves, springs, waterfalls, rapids, lakes, streams, rivers, plant and animal species, their exceptional specimens and habitats, landscape shaped countryside and others.

Under the Nature Conservation Act, protected natural areas are narrow protected areas (natural monuments, strict nature reserves and nature reserves) and broader protected areas (landscape, regional and national parks). 

In the future we will set up management of the protected areas, starting in the Landscape Tivoli, Rožnik and Šišenski Hill Landscape Park and new areas will be protected.

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TIČISTAN LAND OF BIRDS

Experts have counted 161 bird species in Ljubljana, of which 86 are Red List threatened species. The most endangered species include the Eurasian curlew, corncrake, whinchat, sand martin, hoopoe, great reed warbler, northern lapwing and middle spotted woodpecker. Ljubljana's oldest park, Tivoli, is home to a land of birds where visitors can bird watch and have them feed from your hand.

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MINI SURVEY

What does a walk round Rožnik and Šišenski Hill mean to you?

Contact with nature.
100% (5 votes)
Relaxation and sport.
0% (0 votes)
Socialising with friends.
0% (0 votes)
A necessary evil.
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 5

HELP FROGS CROSS THE ROAD

In Ljubljana, frogs croak cheerfully in Tivoli, along Večna pot, on Barje and elsewhere in nearby watercourses. Thus an initiative was born in which volunteers, environmentalists and the city administration help the amphibians cross the road during their migrations. Every year they carry about 10,000 amphibians across the roads, in addition to frogs, there are smooth and Italian crested newts and European salamanders. Protective fences are erected on dangerous sections.

 

NUMBER OF SAVED AMPHIBIANS ON VEČNA POT IN LJUBLJANA

2013 1305
2014 2599
2015 4152

DID YOU KNOW?

In Ljubljana, protected areas extend over more than 14% of the total land area, and if we add to that NATURA 2000 sites, ecological areas and areas declared to be forest of special importance, more than 20% of all the land within the city boundary has nature protected status

Over

46%

of the total green area is woodland.

As many as

86

bird species are Red List threatened species.

As many as

161

bird species have been recorded in Ljubljana.

As many as

37

nesting boxes put up for birds in Tivoli.

Ljubljana has

1

frog guard

Human presence deters males from breeding, so the guards discourage disruption by people during the mating season.

ALMOST ALL RESIDENTIAL AREAS ARE

300

metres

or less from a public green space.

THE CAMPAIGN FOR A MORE BEAUTIFUL LJUBLJANA UNITES

12,086

employees

of the City of Ljubljana and its public companies and institutes. In 2015 and 2016 all of them will plant their own tree.

#GREENCAPITAL2016 #FORYOU

I pledge that I will do my garden/home balcony.

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