Tour of the Degermoos Marshland Renaturation Project

Oct 23, 2019
Our team on the way to Degermoos (in the background).

Yesterday, our team of the Executive Secretariat was given a tour of the Degermoos area. The Degermoos, located near Lindau, is the site for an extensive marshland renaturation project. Isolde Miller (BUND Lindau) introduced us to the history of marshlands, the industrial use and subsequent exploitation of peat reserves and the effect on the environment. Together with Ms Miller, Michaela Berghofer (Landschaftspflegeverband Lindau) showed us the necessary steps for the renaturation of the marshland, including the removal of drainage channels and the careful rewetting of the area. Together with our guides, our group discovered the specialised flora and fauna of the Degermoos: Some animals and plants that live here are threatened with extinction.

A meadow in the Degermoos marshland.

Marshlands in their natural state are mostly climate neutral or can be CO2 sinks. The most important factors are the water levels and an intact ecosystem. The renaturation of marshlands has the greatest long-term benefit of binding and saving vast amounts of greenhouse gases, most notably CO2. You can read more about the science of CO2 compensation by marshland renaturation here.

The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings support the Degermoos marshland renaturation project as part of our green conferencing initiative. The donations by the Lindau Meetings, particularly from the 2018 and 2019 Grill & Chill and donations by young scientists at #LINO19, are put to good use in these renaturation steps.

A pond in Degermoos. 


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