Commitment and individual initiative
The City Council's 'Umwelthaus' (environmental house) provides local environmental groups with ideal conditions for their voluntary work.
(Source: Joachim Busch)
Münster can rely on its citizens. The history of city of Münster is characterised by the citizens’ ability to assert themselves. The commitment and the individual initiative of the people forms the basis for the open and widely accepted future planning.
This is why the city council cooperates with initiative groups and conservation associations and, for example, supports the local environmental groups by means of the "Umwelthaus" ("Environment house"), which is available to voluntary assistants for their work. In an open and broad discussion process within the framework of the Local Agenda 21 the city council and the citizens have jointly considered in an exemplary manner in which direction "the city of Münster capable of facing up to the challenges of the future" must develop. In addition there have been a lot of measures to secure and develop the natural environment and the landscape as well as the city’s basic ecological structures, which are proposed and implemented by conservation groups and initiatives: Caring for and maintaining the orchards, forest conservation, European tree frog conservation, bat conservation and much more besides. The Münster city council presently provides annual financial support of € 350,000 for these initiatives. In addition more than 30 km of flowing stretches of water are now already reliably looked after by means of 14 stream sponsorships.
In addition to the varied voluntary activities of citizens in a lot of local authority spheres Münster can justifiably be described as the "City of Foundations". There are presently more than 100 foundations, which are active in the social, charity and ecological sectors.