Life Projekt "Lippeaue" - Improvement of the connection between the river and the floodplain within the pSCI "Lippe floodplain between Hangfort and Hamm"

LIFE08 NAT/D/000010

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Contact details:

Project Manager: Oliver SCHMIDT-FORMANN
Fax: +49 2381 172 931
Email: schmidtformann@stadt.hamm.de

Project description:


The river Lippe is the northernmost tributary of the river Rhine from the East. It runs along the southern edge of the Westphalian river basin. Between the mostly agricultural area of the Münsterland in the north and the industrial centres in the southwest, the river Lippe acts as a connection axis between the biotopes of the Niederrhein in the West, via the Teutoburger Wald and the Eggegebirge to the river Weser in the East. The environmental/ nature significance of this connection is shown in a number of designated sites of Community interest (SCIs), in which the Lippe floodplain and the river Lippe are protected by the EU to a large degree (i.e., habitats and species within the proposed sites are protected by the Habitats Directive). As a consequence both of hydraulic engineering works to make the river easier to navigate and of intensive agricultural use, such designated sites need support and development measures in order to meet their protective objectives in a sustainable way.


The overall project objective is to preserve and enhance the conservation status in four sub-areas of the Lippe floodplain between Hangfort and Hamm (SCI) – areas where as yet, no ecological modifications have been carried out. The project will aim to improve the connection between the river and its floodplain in order to support the development of typical alluvial and river habitats.

Specific actions will include:

  • Improving the connection between the floodplain and the river;
  • Increasing the frequency of flooding;
  • Adjusting the water balance to nature-orientated conditions;
  • Developing the habitat types within the floodplain and in the river;
  • Changing to less intensive farming methods.

  • Results


Environmental issues addressed:


Habitats - Freshwater


protected area‚  river‚  periurban space

Target Habitat types

  • 3150 - Natural eutrophic lakes with Magnopotamion or Hydrocharition - type vegetation
  • 3260 - Water courses of plain to montane levels with the Ranunculion fluitantis and Callitricho-Batrachion vegetation
  • 6430 - Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities of plains and of the montane to alpine levels
  • 91E0 - "Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (Alno-Padion, Alnion incanae, Salicion albae)"

Natura 2000 sites

SCI DE4213301 Lippeaue zwischen Hangfort und Hamm
SPA DE4314401 VSG Lippeaue zwischen Hamm und Lippstadt mit Ahsewiesen



Coordinator Stadt Hamm, Umweltamt
Type of organisation Local authority
Description The beneficiary is the local authority responsible for the environment (including water protection and nature conservation) for the city of Hamm, in the north-eastern part of the Ruhr area of Germany. The city has a population of some 190 000 people.
Partners Lippeverband, Germany Kreis Soest, Gemany Kreis Warendorf, Germany Arbeitsgemeinschaft Biologischer Umweltschutz im Kreis Soest, Germany


Project reference LIFE08 NAT/D/000010
Duration 01-MAR-2010 to 31-AUG -2015
Total budget 6,011,951.00 €
EU contribution 3,005,975.00 €
Project location Nordrhein-Westfalen(Deutschland)


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