Lublin, Poland
City population: 348914
Duration: 2016 – ongoing
Implementation status: Other
Scale: Micro-scale: District/neighbourhood level, Sub-microscale: Street scale (including buildings)
Project area: unknown
Type of area: Central Business District / City Centre, Building
Last updated: October 2021

The initiative involves establishing beehives on the roofs of the Catholic University of Lublin and the Centre for the Meetings of Cultures. It seeks to provide the habitat for the bees in the city, help in pollination, educate the society about the bees and shape more ecologically-friendly attitudes among the students, faculty and visitors. It should also produce honey that can be sold or distributed free of charge, which can serve in a promotional tool of the two institutions. The Centre for the Meetings of Cultures has additionally opened a garden to provide food for the pollinators [1,2,3,4,6]. In 2020, the initiative is still ongoing and expanding. Every year, the university organizes a competition about the life of bees for various age groups [7].



Nature-based solution

  • Grey infrastructure featuring greens
  • Other

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Habitat and biodiversity conservation
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Environmental education
  • Social interaction
  • Sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12)
  • Sustainable production


Maintenance and management of urban nature, Knowledge creation and awareness raising, Monitoring of habitats and/or biodiversity

Project objectives

The intervention identifies several main goals: 1) To introduce beehives in the city centre; 2) To educate the society about the bees and enhance the pro-ecological attitudes of the population; 3) To promote the institutions which have introduced the NBS [3,4,6].

Implementation activities

-4 beehives were put on the roof of the Catholic University of Lublin with around 100.000 bees in each [2] -12 beehives were put on the roof of the Centre for the Meetings of Cultures with around 40-50.000 bees in each [1] -The first honey harvest took place at the Catholic University of Lublin in 2016 and around 130 kg of honey was collected [5] -Some educational workshops and activities were conducted at both institutions [6]

Biodiversity conservation or restoration-focused activities

Biodiversity conservation:

  • Protect and enhance urban habitats
  • Preserve and strengthen existing habitats and ecosystems
  • Reduce negative impacts and avoid the alteration/damage of ecosystem
  • Protect species
  • Undertake specific measures to protect species
  • Undertake specific measures to protect native species
  • Undertake specific measures to protect valued species
  • Means for conservation governance
  • Raise public awareness
  • Public engagement
  • Create and use scientific knowledge for conservation
  • Protect and apply traditional knowledge and conservation practices

Main beneficiaries

  • Researchers/University
  • Citizens or community groups


Management set-up

  • Led by non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Non-government organisation/civil society
  • Researchers/university

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Co-planning
  • Dissemination of information and education

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

The Centre for the Meetings of Cultures and the Catholic University of Lublin developed the project proposal and implemented the project.

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? No (A fact that the local regulations had to be changed to allow for the initiative to take place, as prior to it Lublin's local regulations did not allow for the beehives to be located in the city centre, suggests that there were no policy drivers for the initiative on any scale. On the contrary, the two initiating institutions influenced the local strategy, as in May 2016 the city council changed the "Rules of cleanliness and orderliness" and introduced regulations that allow the keeping of mild bees in the center by the educational institutions.(3) )


Total cost


Source(s) of funding

  • Unknown

Type of funding

  • Unknown

Non-financial contribution


Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased conservation or restoration of ecosystems
  • Increased protection of threatened species
  • Enhanced support of pollination

Economic impacts

  • Generation of income from NBS

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Increased access to healthy/affordable food
  • Cultural heritage and sense of place
  • Improvement in people’s connection to nature
  • Education
  • Increased support for education and scientific research
  • Increased knowledge of locals about local nature
  • Increased awareness of NBS and their benefits

Type of reported impacts

Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system


Presence of indicators used in reporting

No evidence in public records

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No evidence in public records

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

No evidence in public records