Protecting fenlands in Europe

Enchanted and endangered

© Günter Bachmeier
Moor frog © Günter Bachmeier

In Germany almost 99 % of all fenland has been drained, mined for peat or forested.  Of the  6000.000 square kilometres of fenland originally a part of Europe less than 290.000 square kilometres remain undrained.  This represents a peat loss of the size of Poland in Europe alone.


Action is urgently needed

The enormous value of mires and related ecosystems as a carbon sink and a precious habitat for  many specialised species is universally acknowledged by scientists and word has begun to reach political circles. It is a matter of global responsibility to place marshes and peatlands under protection. Unfortunately this insight has as yet not often led governments to taking the urgently needed measures – in Europe or globally.

There is a yawning gap between speech-making and action on the part of politicians. And before we in Europe make any demands for action from developing and threshold countries we have to do our own homework. 


© Gunther Willinger
Round-leaved sundew © Gunther Willinger

EuroNatur projects for the protection of fenlands in Europe

EuroNatur is virtually unique in concentrating its project activities on cross-border nature conservation. As an internationally active nature conservation foundation we have made it our task to preserve Europe's natural heritage in its diversity. Protecting fenlands forms an important part of our project work.

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