Nature Conservation in Leipzig
The city of Leipzig belongs to a small number of central European metropolitan areas that are located in ecologically diverse forest and waterway regions. Though characterised by its dense population and heavy traffic, the city still has an abundance of beautiful parks, green spaces and recreational sites.
Nature Conservation Areas (LSG, NSG, ND)
Within the 298.2 km² (185.3 square miles) of Leipzig's total area, protected areas include approximately 1.4% that are designated as Nature Conservation Areas (NSG), and another 17.8%, designated as Landscape Protection Areas (LSG). To preserve habitats and communities of certain animals and plants, thirteen Natural Monument Areas (FND) have been established to date. On the basis of their unique characteristics, an additional twelve geographical natural monuments and 148 tree natural monuments also have been designated as protected objects.
Natura 2000 Areas (FFH, SPA)
Natura 2000 Areas are components of a Europe-wide interconnected ecological network of conservation areas. The project's aim is to secure Europe's diverse natural heritage. Leipzig is home to five designated Fauna-Flora-Habitat areas (FFH); two migratory bird protection areas (Special Protected Areas - SPA) are also located within the city limits.
Protected Biotopes, in accordance with Section 30 of the Federal Nature Conservation Act and Section 21 of the Saxon Nature Conservation Act
Certain habitats, which are home to specific wild animals and plants, are protected even in the absence of legal ordinance or other regulations, and even when not included in the conservation registers. In Leipzig to date, approximately 1,420 legally protected biotopes, comprising a total area of about 1,400 hectares (5.4 square miles), have been registered.
Further information can be found on the websites "Naturschutz in Leipzig" (In German only).