LIFE grassland Luxembourg - Conservation and management of species-rich grasslands by local authorities

LIFE13 NAT/LU/000068

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Project Manager: Yves SCHAACK
Tel: 00352263036
Email: yves.schaack@sicona.lu

Project description:


The western ‘Gutland’ is a region that is crucial for species-rich grasslands in Luxembourg and it still hosts many well-developed grasslands. However, these grasslands are threatened by the intensification of agricultural management and by strong urbanisation pressures. Such factors can cause habitat loss and increased uncertainty regarding the future condition of remaining grasslands. By means of contractual conservation management agreements (‘Biodiversity contracts’) many areas have been temporarily saved from intensification. Nevertheless, habitat loss continues and long-term solutions are needed that involve the purchase of grasslands, followed by subsequent restoration and improvement of their conservation status.


This project’s main objective focuses on protecting endangered grassland habitats as well as a number of animal species that depend on these habitats within 15 Natura 2000 sites in the western part of the ‘Gutland’ of Luxembourg.

These goals will be achieved by strengthening the Natura 2000 network via purchase of grasslands and subsequent restoration and improvement of their conservation status.

Expected results: Outcomes anticipated from the project include the following results:

  • The purchase and restoration of at least 46.5 ha of grasslands hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities, transition mires and habitats that are necessary for a number of endangered species of the Habitats and Birds directives;
  • The local population of the Geoffrey’s bat (Myotis emarginatus) is stabilised (and possibly enlarged), by improving the hunting grounds and migration structures;
  • The conservation status of the crested newt (Triturus cristatus), which is actually found on about 70 sites in the region, is improved via proven conservation measures;
  • The survival chances of the yellow-bellied toad (Bombina variegata), which is critically endangered in Luxembourg and is currently only found in two areas, are improved. The negative trend is reversed through creation of dynamic habitats; and
  • Restoring dry grasslands for the bird species Anthus trivialis, Lullula arborea and Phoenicurus phoenicurus.



Environmental issues addressed:


Habitats - Grasslands


grassland ecosystem‚  local authority

Target species

 Alcedo atthis   Anas querquedula   Bombina variegata   Ciconia ciconia   Crex crex   Lullula arborea   Myotis emarginatus   Rallus aquaticus   Triturus cristatus 

Target Habitat types

  • 6430 - Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities of plains and of the montane to alpine levels
  • 6510 - "Lowland hay meadows (Alopecurus pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis)"
  • 7140 - Transition mires and quaking bogs
  • 6210 - Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) (* important orchid sites)
  • 6410 - "Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clayey-silt-laden soils (Molinion caeruleae)"

Natura 2000 sites

SCI LU0001013 Vallée de l'Attert de la frontière à Useldange
SCI LU0001018 Vallée de la Mamer et de l'Eisch
SCI LU0001025 Hautcharage / Dahlem - Asselborner et Boufferdanger Muer
SCI LU0001026 Bertrange - Greivelserhaff / Bouferterhaff
SCI LU0001028 Differdange Est - Prenzebierg / Anciennes mines et Carrières
SCI LU0001030 Esch-sur-Alzette Sud-est - Anciennes minières / Ellegronn
SCI LU0001031 Dudelange Haard
SCI LU0001051 Wark - Niederfeulen-Warken
SCI LU0001054 Fingig - Reifelswenkel
SCI LU0001067 Leitrange - Heischel
SCI LU0001070 Grass - Moukebrill
SPA LU0002008 Minière de la région de Differdange - Giele Botter, Tillebierg, Rollesbierg, Ronnebierg, Metzerbierg et Galgebierg
SPA LU0002009 Esch-sur-Alzette Sud-est - Anciennes minières / Ellergronn
SCI LU0001027 Sanem - Groussebesch / Schouweiler - Bitchenheck
SCI LU0002010 Dudelange Haard



Coordinator Syndicat Intercommunal de lOuest pour la Conservation de la Nature
Type of organisation Local authority
Description The public sector beneficiary, SICONA Ouest has a mandate covering the conservation of biodiversity, protection and restoration of natural landscapes, the creation of a public network of protected areas, as well as public awareness raising. As an inter-municipal union association, SICONA also has a role of advising local authorities.
Partners Strassen(Administration communale de Strassen), Luxembourg SICONA Ctr(Syndicat Intercommunal du Centre pour la Conservation de la Nature), Luxembourg Beckerich(Administration communale de Beckerich), Luxembourg Differdang(Administration communale de Differdange), Luxembourg Kayl(Administration communale de Kayl), Luxembourg Kehlen(Administraion communale de Kehlen), Luxembourg Koerich(Administration communale de Koerich), Luxembourg Redange(Administration communale de Redange-sur-Attert), Luxembourg Sanem(Administration communale de Sanem), Luxembourg Käerjeng(Administraion communale de Käerjeng), Luxembourg Reckange(Administraion communale de Reckange-sur-Mess), Luxembourg Schifflang(Administration communale de Schifflange), Luxembourg Feulen(Administration communale de Feulen), Luxembourg Kopstal(Administration communale de Kopstal), Luxembourg Bertrange(Administration communale de Bertrange), Luxembourg


Project reference LIFE13 NAT/LU/000068
Duration 01-JUN-2014 to 31-MAY -2020
Total budget 2,529,816.00 €
EU contribution 1,264,908.00 €
Project location Luxembourg(Luxembourg)


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