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Conservation and restoration of alluvial forests and bog woodland in Brandenburg (LIFE Feuchtwälder)
Start date: Jul 1, 2014, End date: Sep 30, 2022 PROJECT  ONGOING 

Background The LIFE project is located in the north, north-west and south of Berlin and takes in 10 Natura 2000 sites located within three riverine systems. Bog woodlands are important stepping stones and hotspots of biodiversity habitats within the otherwise rather species-low environment. The limited occurrence of this habitat hinders its functionality and endangers its existence. During the last century the alluvial forests and bog woodlands in the valleys have been endangered by agriculture and commercial forestry activities. In addition, the modification of normal water flows has negatively influenced the natural hydrological dynamics and flood conditions in these alluvial habitats. Objectives The project’s main aims focus on securing and restoring floodplains that include habitats of bog woodlands and alluvial forests, in three riverine systems in Brandenburg. As the moorlands of bog woodlands depend heavily upon the stabilisation and re-establishment of natural hydrologic conditions, the project seeks to re-establish a near-natural water regime within the alluvial areas and forests, as well as the associated waterways. In order to improve the conservation status of these alluvial forests, the project also aims to stabilise and increase the interdependence between the watercourse and its floodplain. Ultimately this will cause the riverbed to rise and lead to a more natural frequency of flood overflows, which will better sustain the habitat’s long-term integrity. Expected results: Anticipated outcomes from the project will cover: Restoration, stabilisation and creation of 25 ha of bog woodlands and 130 ha of alluvial forests; Restoration of a near natural water regime within the floodplains of the riverine systems to develop alluvial forests; Stabilisation and restoration of natural hydrological conditions within the moorlands of bog woodlands; Establishment of a land use system that is sensitive to nature conservation on valuable open-land habitat types; Support to eco-tourism development in cooperation with parks and local communities (i.e. creation of nature trails for visitors, visitor guidance, and measures for boat users); and Awareness raising through the production of information material and information boards.
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