Luxembourg is to more than double its nature reserves in the coming years, so that they will span around 6% of the country.
According to a statement from the environment ministry published on Tuesday, the country currently boasts 60 designated national nature reserves, spanning a total 8,116 hectares, equivalent to 3% of the country’s total area. Under the national nature conservation plan, the country should designate a further 75 areas as nature zones in future.
Nature reserve designation has been used in Luxembourg since 1987 as a conservation tool, to protect outstanding elements of biodiversity. In a bid to further draw attention to these areas, the government will soon install signposts at all nature reserves.
“With a constantly growing population and increasing numbers of tourists visiting Luxembourg, the pressure on natural landscapes and their biodiversity is also increasing,” the ministry wrote. “Signposting of nature reserves is therefore all the more important.”