Hang- und Hoochmoore - Rebuilding and preserving hanging bogs, raised bogs and transitional mires including the neighbouring habitats in the Hunsrueck and Eifel regions (Rhineland-Palatinate)

LIFE09 NAT/DE/000009

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Project Manager: Moritz SCHMITT
Tel: +49 (0)6131 16 5076
Fax: +49 6131 24051870
Email: moritz.schmitt@snu.rlp.de

Project description:


Bogs host a variety of specific plant communities and species typical for bog habitats. The conservation status of bogs in the Hunsrück and Eifel area has severely declined in recent years as a result of anthropogenic interference and suspended use. At the same time animal and plant species associated with bogs have become rare. Therefore there is an urgent need to restore and preserve the bogs of the Hunsrück and Eifel area. Preservation and restoration of bogs is not only important for the long-term conservation of plant and animal species associated with these habitats: Bogs can function as permanent stores of CO2 and, as a result, are of great importance for climate change mitigation. Degraded bogs, however, add to the emission of greenhouse gases and thus have a large-scale adverse effect on the environment.


The project aims to restore and protect important bog habitats in the Hunsrück and Eifel area. Among these are several habitats listed as priority habitats in Annex I of the Habitats Directive: active raised bogs, bog woodland and alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior. Other habitat types, such as the Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix, European dry heaths, Species-rich Nardus grasslands, Molinia meadows and hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities, will benefit from this project as well. The main objective of the project is to stop the decline of plant communities and species associated with bogs. In addition, the project will help stop emissions and reactivate the bonding of CO2 from bog habitats. Further aims include raising awareness of the importance of protecting nature, and especially bogs, which can play a key role in climate change mitigation.

Expected results:

  • Restoration and protection of some 100 ha of bogs in the Hunsrück and Eifel area;
  • Long-term waterlogging and maintenance of blocked ditches;
  • Restoration of valuable open habitats on some 30 ha;
  • Purchase of 13.5 ha of forested land;
  • Drawing up of six management plans;
  • Stabilisation and activation of CO2 storage in the bog areas of the project, and achieving long-term effects via voluntary emissions trading of bog certificates;
  • Removal of tracks and forest roads; and
  • Arresting the population decline of various target species.



Environmental issues addressed:


Habitats - Bogs and Mires


wetland‚  restoration measure

Target Habitat types

  • 4010 - Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix
  • 7110 - Active raised bogs
  • 7120 - Degraded raised bogs still capable of natural regeneration
  • 7140 - Transition mires and quaking bogs
  • 91D0 - Bog woodland

Natura 2000 sites

SCI DE5704301 Schneifel
SCI DE5706303 Gerolsteiner Kalkeifel
SCI DE5805301 Moore bei Weißenseifen
SCI DE5807302 Eifelmaare
SCI DE6109303 Idarwald
SCI DE6208302 Hochwald



Coordinator Stiftung Natur und Umwelt Rheinland-Pfalz
Type of organisation NGO-Foundation
Description The “Stiftung Natur und Umwelt Rheinland-Pfalz” is a public foundation established by the government of the German region (“Land”) Rheinland-Pfalz. Its aim is to support and fund nature conservation projects and actions.
Partners Landesbetrieb Landesforsten Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany MUFV–Abteilung 103 Wasserwirtschaft, Germany Landesamt für Geologie und Bergbau, Germany


Project reference LIFE09 NAT/DE/000009
Duration 01-JAN-2011 to 31-DEC -2016
Total budget 2,743,834.00 €
EU contribution 1,371,917.00 €
Project location Rheinland-Pfalz(Deutschland)


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