Berlin – the value of green spaces for a sustainable future

The film Berlin - A thriving city embraces its green spaces, highlights how essential Berlin’s green spaces are for the high quality of life of its citizens.

European Commission

Berlin is one of the greenest cities in Europe, with more than 2,500 public green spaces, parks and gardens. These areas provide a home for natural diversity and a high quality of life for citizens.

Over the next 15 years, the German capital is expected to grow by more than a quarter of a million inhabitants to 3.7 million. This expansion is likely to increase built-up areas and put pressure on green spaces.

This video shows that the city’s administration has recognized that nature conservation and the protection of green spaces are vital for sustainable urban development and social equality.

Berlin has developed several policies for enhancing its green areas, which include a landscape strategy, an urban development plan for climate and a biodiversity strategy. Implementing these plans will enhance the city’s sustainable development and protect the well-being of citizens and nature alike.

Berlin is becoming a greener city, both by conserving existing green space and regenerating former brownfield sites. Most importantly, the city’s green initiatives bring together people of all ages, giving them an opportunity to get involved. Local gardening and environmental education projects build creativity and tolerance, and also give children the opportunity to connect with nature.

Unrestricted access to urban green and blue spaces helps to counteract social inequalities, and bring together citizens from different backgrounds. Preserving natural areas and urban biodiversity are of vital importance for ensuring the city’s sustainable future and deserve a top spot on the urban planning agenda.


Berlin is one of the cities, aligned with the URBES - Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services project. This project of which IUCN is a member, aims to bridge the knowledge gap on the links between urbanization, ecosystem services and biodiversity. It develops ideas, tools and knowledge for a sustainable urban life, which are co-created and shared throughout European cities.

This project is funded by BiodivERsA, a network of 21 research-funding agencies across 15 European countries promoting pan-European research that generates new knowledge for the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity.

European Union
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