2% of Germany’s territory will be converted into wildlife areas: what affects this

In Germany, there should be even more wild areas that will not be used. However, this has both positives and negatives.

2% of Germany will become wildlife.

Which areas of Germany will become wildlife areas

In Germany, there should be even more wild areas that will not be used. If German territory becomes a wildlife area, this could lead to conflicts over terms of use.

Two percent of the whole of Germany should become wildlife. While environmentalists welcome the plan, tourism experts fear many areas will be lost for use – and more damage will be done to the forest.

According to the Federal Wildlife Concept, 2% of the land in Germany must be developed without human intervention and 5% in the case of forest land.

After that, nature will be left to itself. In Brandenburg alone, this means that a total of 60,000 hectares of forest will be removed from production to provide shelter for animals and insects.

30,000 hectares have already been recognized by the federal government. The 15,000 hectares will have to come from the private forest owners they are currently working on, said Eugen Nowak, head of the Spreewald biosphere reserve.

“We are now in the process of harvesting another 15,000 hectares of forest belonging to the state of Brandenburg, which will then be offered to the federal government,” said Spreewald, head of the biosphere reserve.

These can be former military training fields or open mining landscapes as well as forests.

“We need these shelters to preserve biodiversity in Brandenburg,” said Eugen Nowak, head of the Spreewald biosphere reserve. “We also have a legal obligation to do so.”

Nowak thinks this makes sense: “Here in Spreewald, forestry is in short supply right now,” he says.

Wildlife areas have advantages and disadvantages.  Photo: Ajit Singh / Unsplash.com

“Wood can only be removed from the forest with great effort, for example with cable cranes. It is expensive. “If forestry in the Neu Zauche area stops, the state of Brandenburg will save money.”

Experts do not know exactly which way is best for nature

But there are also concerns: homeowners and the tourism industry are afraid of restrictions in various areas. According to one of the barge workers, saving measures will be taken at the expense of a tall forest.

An example is given of black worms, which have already suffered from storms and floods and must be treated and cared for so that the forest can recover.

“It was the densest, most beautiful tall forest that ever existed. It is sad to see that today it is abandoned to the mercy of fate, says one of the barge workers.

The mayor of the area is of the same opinion: he fears that Spreewald will become overgrown with weeds if not taken care of properly. He is sure that this can affect the rivers as well. So, the water can recede even more, and more damage will be done to the trees. “It can no longer go on like this,” he says firmly.

The locals fear that the same will happen in the newly designed wildlife area. According to rbb24, they are afraid that now everything will be turned into a desert, rivers will not be able to walk and forest paths will not be used.

Authorities reassure them that the trails can continue to be maintained, even if the forest around them is left alone, “so that you can truly get to know these wonderful corners of the wilderness”, adds the head of the shelter.

However, many do not trust verbal promises and require special contracts. “They promised us a lot in words. “Now we demand contracts that are really waterproof, on which we can rely,” says the mayor. This, he is sure, will save people from the fear of plans.

Another factor is that it is not yet clear to many which way is best for nature: to leave it consciously alone – or to actively protect it.

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