Optimizing woodland and water habitats

The head of a Fire Salamander (Salamandra salamandra)

The Fire Salamander requires both intact woodland and water habitats for its survival © Dietrich Sommerfeld

The LIFE+ Project „Woodland – Water – Wilderness” (“Wald – Wasser – Wildnis“) is an EU-project to optimize NATURA2000 habitats. Through this site you can learn how the project forms a vital element of nature conservation work in Europe.

The Nationalparkforstamt Eifel im Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz (Forestry Head Office in Northrhine-Westphalia) works in partnership with Biologische Station StädteRegion Aachen e.V., which is managing the project.

The project runs from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2015. During this period some 500 individual measures will be implemented to restore woodland and water habitats and to create areas of open natural grassland, free of tree and scrub cover. In selected waters Stone Crayfish (Austropotamobius torrentium) will be re-introduced; the goal is to enable this rare species to permanently resettle in the area’s submountainous streams and small rivers.

The project budget is 4,174,582 million Euro, financed 50% through LIFE+ and 50% by the Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.