Vital nature

A picture of a biodiversity hub on the Utrecht Science park, a tree trunk on the foregound, grasses, flowers and a university building on the background.
NPUH Zusterpark Utrecht Science Park, a biodiversity hub on the campus. Photo: Robin Aanstoot

The natural and cultural-historical landscapes of the NPUH are under pressure by a changing climate and human activities. The increased frequency and intensity of heatwaves threatens the flora and fauna while nitrogen deposition impacts soil and water quality. Meanwhile, the competition between nature, housing and infrastructure may disturb the natural area and increase the need for green connectivity. The Research & Education Hub Utrechtse Heuvelrug provides opportunities to monitor the current state of the ecosystems and identify trends in the natural landscape, facilitating a sustainable management of the national park’s natural landscape.