Strengthening Biodiversity in Urban Areas – Spear

Strengthening Biodiversity in Urban Areas - Spear

Spear. Flower arrangements on windows, balconies and home entrances add color accents and are an expression of tradition and joie de vivre. In addition, wild flowers, perennials, shrubs or many culinary herbs can contribute significantly to the promotion of biodiversity in populated areas.

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The Environment Award, which is presented every two years by the city of Spear, is therefore awarded this year as part of a flower decoration competition. The winner receives a prize money of 1250 euros.

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In response to a political proposal, the Committee on Urban Climate, Environment and Sustainability decided to focus on flower arrangements in relation to the topic of biodiversity when awarding the prize.

“The quantity of flower decorations is declining in many areas of our city due to various reasons. Apart from beautifying the cityscape, an insect-friendly planting in addition to the public green is of great importance. A lot of Spears are already embracing this and we would like to reward that commitment,” said Mayor Stephanie Seiler, explaining this year’s organization of the competition.

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“Dealing with plants is laborious and time-consuming, but it promotes an understanding of nature. For example, wildflower mixes are an important source of nutrition for bees, bumblebees and other insects. Biodiversity means the foundation of human life. “With the award of the award, we seek to awaken citizens’ understanding of environmental concerns and their willingness to be active in environmental protection themselves. want to strengthen it.”

In addition to nature conservation associations, all citizens who are personally enthusiastic and wish to contribute to the cause of biodiversity or who are already doing so are invited to participate. Schools and day-care centers are also invited to participate, which is why the application process is tied to the school year.

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Application deadline in May

Applications with a meaningful description of the project can be submitted by May 13, 2022 to the Department of Environment, Forest, Sustainability and Climate Protection, City of Speer (Maximilienstrasse 12, 67346 Speer). Attachments like pictures, photographs and address list of the people involved in the project should be attached with the documents.

The jury, made up of members of the Committee for Climate Protection, Environment and Sustainability, will decide on the award of the prize at a committee meeting on June 9, 2022. zg

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