Selected areas at Aarhus University have already been designated as areas of biodiversity. In 2022 and the years ahead, more trial areas will be allocated to biodiversity projects, which will contribute to the university’s sustainable development. Read more on this webpage.
The areas of biodiversity are part of the overall vision at AU for the sustainable development of campus. They can also be used for research, for teaching about ecosystems and plant and animal species, or as social meeting places.
These areas will also contribute to increasing local biodiversity. It is important that the areas can coexist with and contribute positively to the overall experience of the university's unique campus areas, also in environments worthy of preservation.
Where are the trial areas located?
The areas will be established in collaboration between local operation managers, gardeners, researchers and students. They will be run by AU’s Parks and Gardens Section.
Biodiversity refers to diversity and variety in living organisms (flora and fauna) in a given environment. The term covers the variety of different species but also the genetic variety within a single species as well as the variety of habitats and the interplay between different species.
Biodiversity, the number of different species, plants, animals and fungi, are affected by factors such as:
AU’s buildings in Aarhus are spread across a unique campus area, with the University Park (at approx. 200,000 m2) as its important centre. The University Park is made up of lakes, green hills and solitary oak trees, and it enjoys a special status as a cultural environment with a high preservation value. This imposes certain limitations on which areas in the park can be allocated to biodiversity projects.
It is crucial that the areas contribute positively to the overall experience and use of the university’s unique campus and that the issue of ‘wild vs cultivated nature’ is considered during the planning process. For example, it is important to ask which areas would benefit from a more cultivated park environment and which areas would benefit from biodiversity. Both aesthetic and practical concerns must be considered when deciding on possible uses of the park.
It is important that students, employees and the city’s residents are still able to stroll through and enjoy green areas, and that the park can be used for large events.
The following areas have already been designated as areas of biodiversity.
The two ‘Fuldt Flor’ areas are maintained by staff and students, though AU gardeners are responsible for mowing the lawn.
A possibility plan(in Danish) has been developed for the University Park, which highlights relevant aspects of the University Park’s use, history and development, the main preservation values, natural potentials, possible goals, and the impact on park operations.
The new trial areas are being built in 2022.
The goal for 2022 is to:
The goal for the next five years is to:
The task of allocating more of AU’s green areas to biodiversity is managed by a working group that consists of:
The daily management of AU’s green spaces is carried out by AU’s gardeners, who are in charge of maintaining the green areas as well as sweeping and winter-proofing the pavements, paths and roads.