Selected areas at Aarhus University have already been designated as areas of biodiversity. From 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?
From 2022 onwards, a number of new trial areas areas will be established in collaboration between the local operations managers, gardeners, researchers and students.
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 and with several listed buildings and areas. This imposes certain limitations on which areas in the park can be allocated to biodiversity projects.
It is important that the university’s efforts to increase biodiversity contribute positively to the overall experience and use of its unique campus. Therefore, when deciding on possible uses of the University Park, both aesthetic and practical concerns will be taken into account. For example, how to introduce more native plant varieties, whether to change the way the plants are cared for, and to what extent areas of wilder nature can be included in the various sections 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 University 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.
Since 2021, Aarhus University has increased its focus on biodiversity when planning and maintaining the green areas of the University Park. This focus will help AU reach its goal of increasing the number of registered species in the University Park by 25% by 2025.
This goal can be achieved by:
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.