Project moor protection

MOOR PROTECTION

99% of the original moorland in Germany has been drained to cut peat or used for agriculture and forestry, so that it can no longer fulfill its natural function as a protector of species and the climate – this should change.

Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND) I 1975 I Berlin

BUND is a German environmental and nature conservation association committed to sustainable development at the local, regional, national and international levels. It is committed to transparency and Stiftung Warentest rates it as well organized and transparent in its handling of donations.

Problem

Peatlands function like a natural sponge and absorb large quantities of the climate-damaging gas carbon dioxide. Although they cover only three percent of the earth, peatlands store as much carbon as all the world’s forest regions combined. Yet 99 percent of the original moorland in Germany has already been drained. Unlike intact peatlands, drained peatlands emit large quantities of greenhouse gases and thus have a negative impact on the climate.

Solution

BUND renaturalizes peatlands, maintains them permanently and becomes active on a political level. The moor protection project ensures that climate-damaging, diseased moors are “revitalized” and can develop back into the climate-protecting biotopes they once were.

Why we support the project

The moor protection project addresses part of the origin of the climate change problem and provides a sustainable, long-term solution. The moorland landscapes in question are all located in Germany, which means that the DUC Club is supporting a regional project and providing “help for self-help” for the “recovery” of German moorland landscapes.

Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND) I 1975 I Berlin

BUND is a German environmental and nature conservation association committed to sustainable development at the local, regional, national and international levels. It is committed to transparency and Stiftung Warentest rates it as well organized and transparent in its handling of donations.

Problem

Peatlands function like a natural sponge and absorb large quantities of the climate-damaging gas carbon dioxide. Although they cover only three percent of the earth, peatlands store as much carbon as all the world’s forest regions combined. Yet 99 percent of the original moorland in Germany has already been drained. Unlike intact peatlands, drained peatlands emit large quantities of greenhouse gases and thus have a negative impact on the climate.

Solution

BUND renaturalizes peatlands, maintains them permanently and becomes active on a political level. The moor protection project ensures that climate-damaging, diseased moors are “revitalized” and can develop back into the climate-protecting biotopes they once were.

Why we support the project

The Moorland Protection project addresses part of the origin of the climate change problem and provides a sustainable, long-term solution. The moorland landscapes in question are all located in Germany, which means that the DUC Club is supporting a regional project and providing “help for self-help” for the “recovery” of German moorland landscapes.  

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