The Bee Path City of Ljubljana, Slovenia: Where Heritage meets Urban


As part of the activities connected to Ljubljana being named the Green Capital of Europe in 2016, the city of Ljubljana (Slovenia) established the BEE PATH in May 2015. It grew day by day and now has over 40 members ranging from educational and cultural institutions, to healthcare centres, economic entities and, of course, beekeepers and beekeeping associations. In the beginning, it was meant to be just an educational path, but it grew to be so much more: it is a movement, a network of like-minded people caring for the well-being of bees in the city through highly diverse activities.

In 2017, URBACT rewarded the Ljubljana BEE PATH with the Good Practice Award and this acknowledgement gave Ljubljana the opportunity to transfer its good practice to nine EU cities covering the majority of climate conditions for beekeeping, various types of bees, as well as different situations related to the perception of bees among the general public.

In their transfer process Amarante (Portugal), Bansko (Bulgaria), Bergamo & Cesena (both Italy), Bydgoszcz & Sosnowiec (both Poland), Hegyvidek (Budapest, Hungary), Nea Propontida (Greece) and Osijek (Croatia) were seeking to understand, adapt and re-use and upgrade the inspiring Ljubljana ‘Bee Path’ practice. Click on the cities names to learn their local stories.

The transfer process turned into a cities movement and evolved into the Bee Path Cities network – a network of urban authorities that have come together under the shared vision of creating cities that are good for pollinators and therefore good for people.

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The evolution is based on BeePathNet and BeePathNet-Reloaded networks supported by the European cooperation programme ‘URBACT’ ( and started in 2018.


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