This may seem to be a contradiction, ... actually not!
A return of nature and wildlife to our cities is desirable and beneficial – and even possible! The project "Städte wagen Wildnis" (Cities Dare Wilderness or Cities Venturing into Wilderness) is a concerted effort to provide opportunities for natural succession processes to take place on various urban green spaces aimed at improving species and habitat diversity as well as quality of life for the inhabitants of the three German cities: Hannover, Frankfurt am Main, and Dessau-Roßlau. Our project is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety via the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).
The three German cities Frankfurt, Dessau-Roßlau, and Hannover have set aside certain urban lots for urban wilderness projects scheduled to run for a period from 2016 to 2021. The intention and goals are in:
The allotted spaces remain largely uncultivated and are allowed to partly regulate themselves. Of course, we remain the guardians!
Wilderness is fascinating and adventurous, yet intimidating to many: the unknown, seeming unpredictable. The more we know about it, the less we need to fear! In fact, there is a lot to be learned, experienced, and appreciated.
We aim at bringing people and nature together and are facing this challenge by accompanying these projects at all stages of development by accurate surveying and documenting and by providing professional guidance and counseling to those interested in experiencing local urban rewilding – ultimately beneficial to all: people, nature, and the planet.