Hungarian Capital of Biodiversity 2011

Participating municipalities 2011; click for a larger view

The 2011 competition was launched in Siófok on February 4, 2011 during a press conference organised by LBDCA together with the Ministry of Rural Development.

Between April and May 2011 LBDCA organized 4 one-day capacity building workshops for the staff and experts of municipalities, civil organizations at different parts of Hungary (Budakeszi, Szarvas, Gyöngyössolymos, Siófok) with regard to this project. During the workshops the participants could listen to presentations about the introduction of biodiversity, relation between climate change and biodiversity, Municipal planning, Fundraising and “Hungarian Capital of Biodiversity Competition”. LBDCA invited speakers from the following organizations: International Advisory Board member, Local practitioners (civil organizations, municipalities, National Park Directorates). At approximately 175 municipalities indicated their interest for the competition. Finally 50 municipalities filled-out the questionnaires and joint to the competition.

In the questionnaire 85 points were the maximum, which could be received by the municipalities. 60 points were given for simple questions, while 15 points were given to the detailed introduction of projects and 10 points for the indicators. According to the points of the questionnaires LBDCA and National AB have chosen the first three municipalities within the four size categories, the Hungarian Capital of Biodiversity and the municipality with the best municipal projects enhancing nature in the city.

LBDCA organized the Award Ceremony on 3rd November 2011 in Tata (last year winner city) together with the Ministry of Rural Development. The State Secretary of Ministry (Dr. József Ángyán) and Managing Director of LBDCA (Dr. Gábor Molnár) gave awards to the winners. All municipalities received a certificate; while the first three municipalities within the four size categories received a special objective award. The Hungarian Capital of Biodiversity - city of Szentes, received a general advertisement opportunity on the following (very popular) website: www.port.hu and the city of Budaörs received an extra award for the best municipal projects enhancing nature in the city (designing a Destour-Pro Environment touristic website).

Categories and winners
Above 30,000 inhabitants
Kaposvár (1.), Veszprém (2.), Miskolc (3.)

Between 10.000 – 30.000 inhabitants
Szentes (1.), Tata (2.), Balatonfüred (3.)

Between 2000 - 10,000 inhabitants
Mórahalom (1.), Dévaványa (2.), Gyenesdiás (3.)

Below  2,000 inhabitants
Kunsziget (1.), Báta (2.), Alsómocsolád (3.)

To learn more about the Hungarian competition, please click on www.balatonregion.hu/biodiverzitas_dij

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