A biologist has emphasised the significant environmental benefits of small patches of untouched grassland.
Dominik Linhard – who works for Vienna-based organisation Global 2000 – told NewsX: “We are trying to encourage people to create flower meadows and small biotopes. For biodiversity, it’s also important that lawns get mowed less often.”
Global 2000 launched “Nationalpark Garten“, an initiative aimed at increasing the number of natural meadows and insecticide-free backyards across Austria.
Dominik underlined: “Even small spaces can be of great importance in this concern. Our goal is to motivate everyone who owns a balcony to prioritise insect-friendly plants.”
The ecologist added: “It’s important to abstain from using pesticides. Their application is causing great damage.”
On its website, Global 2000 says: “By participating in our ‘Nationalpark Garten’ network, you help nature to recover and evolve.”
Speaking to NewsX, Dominik criticised the ongoing sealing of soils in Austria as construction projects often diminish the habitat of various animals including pollinators like bees.
Earlier this year, the federal ministry of agriculture presented a study which shows that more than 1,500 square kilometres of Austrian soil – which is four times the size of the city of Vienna – had been sealed during the past 30 years.
The Global 2000 activist also stressed the significance of opting for regionally produced foodstuff and clothing consisting of organic cotton.