Protected land 4.893 m²
Importance for biodiversity Medium
Climate protection factor
(in t CO2)
734
Status New

Germany

Protect moorland and conserve CO2 storages

In times of climate change, the protection of moors is extremely important. Moors store biomass and thus CO2 in peat for thousands of years. If the moor is drained and the peat is extracted, the CO2 of earlier centuries escapes into the atmosphere. At the same time, the CO2 storage moor is destroyed. Although moors cover just 3% of the world's surface, they store 30% of natural CO2.Moors, especially raised bogs, grow very slowly, on average about 1 mm per year.

In Central Europe, 10 m² of moorland store 1,500 kg of CO2 (10 m² is roughly the area for a medium-sized tree). Naturefund has achieved its goal of buying and renaturalising at least 85,000 m² in Hamberger and neighbouring moors, i.e. to preserve or restore the storage of 12,750,000 kg CO2.


Climate change also causes weather extremes such as drought or large water masses. Here, too, peatlands are highly efficient climate protectors, because the moor can store 30 times of its dry mass of water and is therefore a natural retention basin in the event of flooding.

 

Areas in Hamberger and Niedersandhausen moor

The Hamberger Moor is a former raised bog and part of the famous Teufelsmoor. It is only a few kilometres away from the famous artist village Worpswede. Before the Hamberger Moor became part of the new 27,000 ha big nature reserve Teufelsmoor in spring 2017, it was a landscape conservation area.

Nevertheless, large areas in landscape protection and nature conservation areas are still privately owned and used for agricultural purposes. A private owner in Hamberger Moor was willing to sell 28,397 m² to Naturefund. This is an area that lies in the middle of the core zone of the moor. With the purchase of this almost 30,000 m² was Naturefund able to start rewetting and thus renaturating adjacent former moor areas of up to 100,000 m².

Moors are an important Habitat

The Hamberger Moor and the Niedersandhausener Moor, like many other moors, are an important habitat for rare plants and animals, such as the sundew, the adder and the strictly protected grey crane. Over thousands of years a great biological diversity has developed in the moors.

Only a few years ago the crane appeared as a guest during bird migration. Thanks to some renaturation measures, a few shallow moor lakes have already been created, ideal for cranes to breed here protected from predators.

 

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