The value of ecosystem services, biodiversity and blue-green infrastructures in cities, exemplified by Dresden, Liberec and Děčín (BIDELIN)



Grunewald, K.; Bastian, O.; Louda, J.; Arcidiacono, A.; Brzoska, P.; Bue, M.; Cetin, N.I.; Dworczyk, C.; Dubova, L.; Fitch, A.; Jones, L.; La Rosa, D.; Mascarenhas, A.; Ronchi, S.; Schlaepfer, M.A.; Sikorska, D.; Tezer, A. (2021): Lessons learned from implementing the ecosystem services concept in urban planning. Ecosys. Serv.

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Bastian O., Cudlín P., Pechanec V., Brzoska P., Štěrbová L., Včeláková R., Purkyt J., Grunewald K. (2020) Assessments of biodiversity and habitat services in cities – exemplified by Dresden (Germany) and Liberec (Czech Republic). Ekológia (Bratislava), Vol. 39, No. 2, p. 174–189

Brochure Urban Nature in Liberec: What it brings us and what it needs

As part of the project, a brochure entitled "Městská příroda v Liberci: Co nám přináší a co potřebuje"("Urban Nature in Liberec: What it brings us and what it needs") was published in Czech. Using the city of Liberec as an example, it shows the multiple benefits (in the form of ecosystem services) that the so-called blue uand green infrastructure provides to city residents and ways to identify, evaluate, and collaborate with them when making urban development decisions.

The printed version can be picked up (free of charge) at the Information Center of the City of Liberec or ordered from .
Download Broschure (Czech: web version / print version)

German Brochures about Nature in the city Dresden is published

The project produced two brochures on the value of urban nature. A German brochure "Natur in der Stadt Dresden. Was sie leistet, wie sie nützt (Nature in the city Dresden. What it does, how it benefits)" shows exemplary values of urban nature in Dresden. The Czech brochure "Brožura Městská příroda v Liberci: Co nám přináší a co potřebuje (Urban nature in Liberec: what it brings us and what it needs ) shows exemplary values of urban nature in Liberec.  The brochures are intended to encourage people to experience and recognize, but at the same time also to think about a responsible approach to nature. Many of nature's services, such as oxygen production or pollutant binding, are not always visible. The concept of ecosystem services makes it possible to show the many ways in which nature contributes to human prosperity and well-being. In this brochure, the results of the project have been clearly presented for the general public.

Downloads: German Brochure

German-Czech Conference on Green and Blue Infrastructure in Cities

On 28 November 2019, a German-Czech conference took place at UJEP focusing on the importance of green and blue infrastructure for urban quality of life. The aim of the conference was to present and discuss some of the results of the cross-border BIDELIN project. In addition, the short film about the "Benefits of Urban Nature" produced in the project was publicly screened in both Czech and German. The short film (video) illustrates in an entertaining way what urban nature is and what value it has for people.

First presentation of the BIDELIN short film

On 12 November 2019, the German version of the BIDELIN short film (video) was presented to the public during the Dresden Environmental Talks. The video illustrates the versatile achievements and values of urban nature for the quality of life of people in cities. The video is available in German and Czech language. Link to the video

Bidelin team at the "Dresdner Umweltgesprächen 4 Elemente" ("Dresden environmental talks 4 elements")

On 12 November 2019 Patrycia Brzoska from the Leibniz Institute for Ecological Spatial Development Dresden presented the results of the BIDELIN project at the Dresden City Hall. She illustrated the value of Dresden's urban nature with selected ecosystem services and then discussed with experts what nature is worth to us. 

In a web app called "Wissensweg Stadtnatur Dresden", BIDELIN team illustrates concrete ecosystem services. Interested parties can already explore the knowledge trail (Wissensweg) via smartphone or other mobile devices.  The official opening is planned for spring 2020. The Language is German.

Bidelin team on the second special to "Meine Grüne Stadt und ich" ("My Green City and Me.")

On 04 November 2019 the second special trip of the DRESDEN-concept Science Tram to the topic "My green city and me" took place. About 60 interested Dresden citizens came into conversation with our experts from TU Dresden, German Hygiene Museum and Leibniz Institute for Ecological Spatial Development (IOER). The Bidelin team, represented by Karsten Grunewald and Patrycia Brzoska, presented results from the project and illustrated what nature does for people.

Presentation of interim results

On 25 October 2018, the Saxon Sächsischen Landesstiftung Natur und Umwelt and the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) in Dresden have held a joint conference on "Natur in der Stadt – Bedeutung und Aufwertung von Stadtgrün für urbane Ökosystemdienstleistungen"(Nature in the City - Importance and Enhancement of Urban Greenery for Urban Ecosystem Services) at the IOER in Dresden. The BIDELIN team presented the first interim results of the project to about 80 participants from all over Germany and from all over the world.

IOER scientist receives poster award for presentation of interim results of BIDELIN project

At the ESP Europe Regional Conference 2018 in San Sebastián, Spain, Patrycia Brzoska of the IÖR convinced with a poster about ecosystem services in the city. The poster by Patrycia Brzoska presents interim results from the German-Czech project "BIDELIN - The Values of Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Green-Blue Infrastructure in Cities: Dresden, Liberec and Děčín". 

Poster "Urban Nature in Dresden - Services and values of urban ecosystems"

German-Czech student course

The 6th course about values of ecosystem services, biodiversity and green-blue infrastructure in cities focuses this time on exemplary parts of the city Děčín - Marianska louka, Kvadrberk -. The course took place in the second week of October at Jan Evangelista Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem (UJEP). This three-day course enables Czech and German students to test methods for mapping a green-blue infrastructure. The aim of this mapping is to evaluate the ecosystem services of selected sites. Ecosystem services are the direct and indirect contributions of ecosystems to human well-being.

Each Czech-German student group have worked on a joint project till January 2019 months. They used the acquired methods to evaluate green-blue areas in Děčín. The interim results were be presented in November 2018 at the Dresden conference of the Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development in Dresden (IOER). At the end of January 2019 they presented their results at a final workshop at the IOER.

As part of the BIDELIN project, the first German-Czech student course "Green and Blue for the City - Capturing, Evaluating and Optimising Urban Ecosystem Services" was launched at the end of September 2017. During the following winter semester, students from both countries (Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, Anhalt University of Applied Science in Bernburg) have collected data of urban green spaces in Liberec and have evaluated their value regarding ecosystem services (ESS). On the one hand, this work will contribute to the ongoing establishment of a catalogue of green spaces in Liberec, including the development of a tree cadastre. That will be a basis for developing targeted maintenance for urban green spaces in Liberec. On the other hand, this work provides useful information for assessing the value of green spaces (ESS) in Liberec within the BIDELIN project.