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Ljubljana's forests and woodlands at the heart of Europe’s Green Capital

Ljubljana's forests and woodlands at the heart of Europe’s Green Capital

Ljubljana is enjoying its final months as European Green Capital. To celebrate the Autumn season, the city has organised a series of activities focusing on forests and woodlands.

Joining forces with some of Ljubljana’s most iconic institutions including the Third Age University, the Biotechnical Faculty, the City Library and the Museum of Natural History, the city wants its residents to understand and appreciate the value of its forests and woodlands.

Ljubljana is surrounded by low hills covered with natural forests. The city plan shows that green areas make up nearly three quarters of the entire territory of the city of Ljubljana. Half of the entire city area is covered in forest. Slovenia boasts the largest percentage of land area covered by the Natura 2000 sites in the EU, with over a third of its land designated as part of this network of protected areas.

The forests, woodlands and green areas of Ljubljana provide important value. They safeguard biodiversity and provide a healthy environment for people and animals. Forests are a key factor in mitigating the effects of climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Forests also provide an important livelihood, generating numerous jobs in the wood-processing industry.

From exhibitions to lectures, there is something for everyone this autumn in Ljubljana. Children’s workshops on trees and forest animals are taking place in schools. Presentations on forests and woodlands are being organised by the Slovenian Forest Service and city institutions.

The programme of activities of Ljubljana as European Green Capital since January has been varied and busy. The city’s Green Capital website www.greenljubljana.com is packed with information, including the full set of events on forests and woodlands taking place through the autumn.