Public attitudes toward biodiversity‐friendly greenspace management in Europe

Fischer, Leonie K.; Neuenkamp, Lena; Lampinen, Jussi; Tuomi, Maria; Alday, Josu G.; Bucharova, Anna; Cancellieri, Laura; Casado‐Arzuaga, Izaskun; Čeplová, Natálie; Cerveró, Lluïsa; Deák, Balázs; Eriksson, Ove; Fellowes, Mark D. E.; Fernández de Manuel, Beatriz; Filibeck, Goffredo; González‐Guzmán, Adrián; Hinojosa, M. Belen; Kowarik, Ingo; Lumbierres, Belén; Miguel, Ana; ... (2020). Public attitudes toward biodiversity‐friendly greenspace management in Europe. Conservation letters, 13(4), e12718.. Wiley 10.1111/conl.12718

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Increasing urbanization worldwide calls for more sustainable urban development. Simultaneously, the global biodiversity crisis accentuates the need of fostering biodiversity within cities. Policies supporting urban nature conservation need to understand people's acceptance of biodiversity‐friendly greenspace management. We surveyed more than 2,000 people in 19 European cities about their attitudes toward near‐natural urban grassland management in public greenspaces, and related their responses to nine sociocultural parameters. Results reveal that people across Europe can support urban biodiversity, yet within the frames of a generally tidy appearance of public greenery. Younger people and those using greenspaces for a greater variety of activities were more likely to favor biodiversity‐friendly greenspace management. Additionally, people who were aware of the meaning of biodiversity and those stating responsibility for biodiversity conservation particularly supported biodiversity‐friendly greenspace management. Our results point at explicit measures like environmental education to increase public acceptance of policies that facilitate nature conservation within cities.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) > Plant Ecology
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS)

UniBE Contributor:

Neuenkamp, Lena


500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)








Peter Alfred von Ballmoos-Haas

Date Deposited:

27 May 2020 11:58

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:38

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

biodiversity conservation, biodiversity-friendly greenspace management, environmental education, environmental policy, environmental responsibility, lawn alternative, maintenance intensity, sustainable city planning, urban grassland vegetation, urban meadow




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