Our Philosophy on Sustainable Land Use
”To satisfy the growing needs of an ever-increasing humanity while at the same time ensuring the ecological balance of nature represents one of the biggest challenges for human civilisation today.”
The combination of nature protection and agriculture on peatlands is possible, and this approach can actually be implemented as an ecologically sustainable form of land use.
Paludiculture – the concept of “wet agriculture“ developed by the University of Greifswald – offers an opportunity to preserve nature as a workplace without degrading it.
More than 15% of the agricultural land in the North German Plain consists of fen peatlands that have been severely degraded by drainage and ploughing in favour of intensive cultivation. Peat consumption releases a significant amount of greenhouse gases and leads to increased nutrient pressure on groundwater and soil. Several research projects have shown the possibility of an alternative and profitable utilisation of rewetted fens, with additional benefits for climate, biodiversity and the establishment of value chains on a local basis.
Therefore, the foundation is working towards cultivating sedges, black alder and Phragmites reed on rewetted fens for the production of biomass (energy production), timber, and other building materials.
Additional information can be found under: www.paludiculture.com