Potsdam looks back on a long and successful tradition of land use management. A good half of Potsdam’s urban area is subject to environmental protection.
Nature conservancies and protected landscapes are areas designated by law in which special protection is required for either the whole or individual aspects of the environment or land.
Under the Federal Cultural Law of the GDR, endangered mini-biotopes with small surface areas which contained rare animal and plant species were designated “Protected Natural Landmarks”. This protected status remains in effect under German Federal Law.