The joint research project is being executed by three research partners and two practitioner partners. Overall project coordination will be conducted at the Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER).

The scientific subprojects have the following topics:

(1) Urban biodiversity expertise: provisioning of knowledge base and monitoring concepts for practical implementation of NBS in communities (IWU)

(2) Planning approaches towards implementation of NBS at the community level (IOER)

(3) Knowledge transfer, communal strategies and taking ecosystem services into account (DUH)

Firstly, in the implementation-oriented subprojects of the cities of Bielefeld and Heidelberg, recent findings and the procedure towards establishing a biodiversity strategy shall be tested citywide. Secondly, using two testing areas, exemplary concrete goals and measures of the communal biodiversity strategy – while still under development – shall be implemented to demonstrate the practical sustainability and the potentially obtainable goals. The three research partners will enter into continual discourse with the practitioner partners, as well as with other stakeholders.

The definition of "community biodiversity strategies" in this project is quite broad. It ranges from explicit, independent concepts to goal formulation and its integration into or linking to existing concepts of the city and also to the implementation of individual building blocks and concrete approaches at the project level. Areas of focus are:

(a)  development of strategies and concepts towards stabilisation, improvement, and/or enhancement of urban biodiversity.

(b)  development of approaches of dealing with goal conflicts between biodiversity development and other demands of use

(c)  strengthening cooperation among stakeholders

(d)  demonstrating appropriate instruments and financing options towards the implementation of biodiversity strategies.

The development of biodiversity strategies as well as the implementation of measures will be accompanied by an intensive public participation project. The goal is to encourage the support for biological diversity, thereby integrating important stakeholders in the implementation. Based on experiences by the project partner cities and other cities from the coalition "Communities for Biodiversity", guidelines shall be derived to aid other cities in the development of community biodiversity strategies.