Environmental Protection Moors with a Star

Daimler is supporting the work of the Baden Württemberg league for nature conservation - Naturschutzbund NABU Baden-Württemberg - with a donation that will enable renaturing moor land in the Black Forest and the Allgäu region.

On behalf of the moor frog, the common snipe and the sundew, we would like to thank Daimler AG for enabling us to renature valuable areas of swamp land and give them back to nature.

(NABU Regional Director Uwe Prietzel)

About the "Moors with a Star" Project

The object of the "Moors with a Star" project is to renature damaged moor land. The most important measure in doing this is to close old drainage ditches with barriers in order to keep the water in the moor.

The Bodenmöser near Isny in the Allgäu. (Source: NABU)

In addition to the combustion of coal and oil, the progressive destruction of the moors causes great damage to the climate. Ten percent of the carbon dioxide released in the atmosphere worldwide comes from damaged, drained moors. In the global view, moors bind more CO2 than forests.

"Our company has anchored the aspect of sustainability as a fixed component of our daily business activities", underscored Lothar Ulsamer, Head of Federal and Communal Projects at Daimler. "We are investing not only in the reduction of CO2 emissions of our vehicles but also in environmentally friendly production and process technologies. That is why we are supporting this important NABU project for CO2 reduction in the region."

The high moor in Hinterzarten. (Source: NABU)

Two hundred years ago Baden-Württemberg was rich in moor land. Today this is no longer the case stated NABU Managing Director Prietzel. About 95 % of the moor land in Baden-Württemberg has already been destroyed, drained, depleted and converted into arable- and grass land, he said.

NABU selected appropriate areas jointly with the regional ministry in charge of nature conservation: the Hinterzarten moor and the "Bodenmöser" near Isny in Allgäu. For the project partners it was important to involve regional interest groups from government, forestry and agriculture. The first barriers in the Hinterzarten Moor will be constructed this fall. NABU is expected to finish renaturing the moors at Bodenmöser in 2016/2017.

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