Location: Bielefeld, Germany
City population: 326,277
Project duration: 2007 - 2017
Project cost: Unknown
Financing source(s): EU funds, Public national budget, Public regional budget, Public local authority's budget

Teutoburg Forest Nature Park

Naturpark Teutoburger Wald

The Teutoburger Nature Park is the project that aims at increasing the recreation possibilities for local residents and creation of the local natural identity by protecting and developing the breeding of species in the protected areas; maintaining and increasing biodiversity; encouraging understanding for the importance of the nature conservation and protection (5).

Urban setting

  • Parks and (semi)natural urban green areas
    • Large urban park or forest
  • Blue areas
    • Wetland/bog/fen/marsh

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Environmental quality, including air quality and waste management
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Cultural heritage and cultural diversity

Main beneficiaries

  • National-level government
  • Local government/Municipality
  • Public sector institution (e.g. school or hospital)
  • Citizens or community groups
Project objectives
1. To include selected territories of the Teutoburg forest to the pan-European "Natura 2000" network of protected natural sites for rare and threatened species, as well as rare biotopes and landscapes (1) 2. Improve the health and well-being of the population of Bielefeld (2) 3. Reduction of negative impacts on nature (2) 4. Development of the tourist and recreational infrastructures of the region of North Rhine-Westphalia (3) 5. Promoting Natura 2000 management that integrates socio-economic objectives (1) 6. Developing of multifunctionality of EU forests (6)
Implementation activities
1. Creation of the Teutoburg breeding center (3) 2. Collecting up-to-date information on threats and conservation needs for species and habitats exchanging experiences, case studies, and best practices (1) 3. Identifying common objectives, priorities and management actions (1) 4. Developing new management insights, (cross-border) stakeholders' cooperation frameworks, networks of specialists and site managers, etc. (1) 5. Prohibiting the: - deliberate killing or capture of protected species by any method; - deliberate destruction or taking of eggs or nests, or the picking, collecting, cutting, uprooting or destruction of protected plants; - deterioration or destruction of breeding sites or resting places; - deliberate disturbance particularly during breeding, rearing, hibernation, and migration; - the keeping, sale, and transport of specimens taken from the wild (6) 6. Support of most Natura 2000 protected sites through establishing biological stations (10)

Type of initiating organisation

  • Local government / municipality

Management set-up


Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Dissemination of information and education
Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project
The project is realized by the Environmental Agency of the city of Bielefeld and supervised within the European project "Natura 2000" (1).
Project implemented in response to ...
... an EU policy or strategy? Yes
Two EU directives: the FFH Directive (Fauna-Flora-Habitat, which deals with animal and plant species and their ecological niches) and the Birds Directive form the basis of Natura 2000 and establish an ecological network of natural habitats and endangered wildlife species found in the territory of the European Union (1).
... a national policy or strategy? Yes
Besides the forest laws there is a number of other laws directly or indirectly affecting forest management, in particular federal laws such as the National Act on Nature Conservation (BNatSchG), the Act on Compensation for Damage to the Forest, the Act on Forest Seeds and Seedling Plants, the Water Act, the National Hunting Act, the Act on Regional Development, the Act on Waste Disposal, and a large number of state laws and other legal provisions on a federal state level (7).
... a local policy or strategy? Yes
Since the amendment of the Federal Nature Conservation Act (BNatSchG) came into force in March 2002, each of Germany's states is required by law to establish an interstate network of interlinked biotopes on at least 10 % of its total area (7).
Expected impacts
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Environmental quality, including air quality and waste management
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Cultural heritage and cultural diversity
Details on impacts and indicators used 1. Parts of the Teutoburg Forest (1009 ha) were put under protection under the designation "Eastern Teutoburg Forest". 2. Construction of five green bridges (10) 3. Resettlement of 8 different species of animal populations, 2 proved to be successful, evaluation of the rest is pending (10)

Presence of formal monitoring system


Presence of indicators used in reporting


Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool


Disclaimer: The data collection was carried out between June and August 2017, the information presented has not been updated afterwards.