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Nature in Defence 20.09.2005 Nature conservation relevant military areas in Germany – a database Dr. Kerstin Höntsch and Adrian Johst Naturstiftung DAVID,

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1 Nature in Defence Nature conservation relevant military areas in Germany – a database Dr. Kerstin Höntsch and Adrian Johst Naturstiftung DAVID, Erfurt, Germany financed by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt and ZGF

2 Nature in Defence Introduction - military areas with high nature-conservation value in Germany 2.Presentation of the database based on selected case studies 3.Problems and possible solutions for the long term protection of (former) military areas in Germany Structure of the presentation

3 Nature in Defence relevant sites for conservation total number: 607 total area: 630,000 ha size: 3 to 28,000 ha (average: 275 ha) military activities currently: 269 formerly: % are officially protected

4 Nature in Defence Ownership & responsibilities 607 sites in total currently (269) Federal Ministry of Defence presently secured Federal Ministry of Finance No longer used (334) Potential conflicts various owners

5 Nature in Defence Military areas at risk I Private ownership might cause changes in land use Major risk: traditional forestry logging of mature forest stands removal of dead wood implementation of new hunting regimes SOLD

6 Nature in Defence Military areas at risk II Major risk: construction of roads industrial development

7 Nature in Defence Data collection : Data collection according to specific criteria : 1.Size 2.State of protection 3.Fauna & flora 4.Sealing of the respective areas 5.Ownership 6.Causes for conflict 7.…

8 Nature in Defence Data base – conservation value of military sites:

9 Nature in Defence

10 View with ArcGis

11 Nature in Defence Example 1: Hainich-Nationalpark (Thuringia) Major management component: hands-off policy Ownership: State of Thuringia Military site: TÜP Kindel / Weberstedt (2,515 ha/ 5,580 ha)

12 Nature in Defence Major management component: Conservation of open space with traditional breeds (Heckrinder und Wildpferde) Example 2: Döberitzer Heide (Brandenburg) Ownership: Heinz-Sielmann-Foundation Military Site: TÜP Döberitz (5.051 ha)

13 Nature in Defence Example 3: Peninsula Wustrow (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) Major management component: Sustainable tourism Ownership: Fundus-Group (private investor) Military Site: TÜP Wustrow (1.056 ha)

14 Nature in Defence Military sites – Which are the most conservation relevant sites?

15 Nature in Defence Top-10 most conservation relevant Military Areas in Germany Lieberose25,750 ha Kyritz-Ruppin. Heide12,066 ha Jüterbog11,826 ha Münsingen 6,700 ha Hohe Schrecke 5,000 ha Prösa 3,720 ha Tangersdorf 3,620 ha Altwarp 2,791 ha Glücksburger Heide 2,555 ha Altenwalde 1,198 ha

16 Nature in Defence Military sites – information network Participants: NGOs, foundations, governmental conservation agencies, Federal Armed Forces, Federal Ministry of Finances Target: long-term protection of the most important nature conservation sites

17 Nature in Defence Potential scenario of future project development : Large-scale solution in cooperation with Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU): The majority of the nature sites will be put under the governance of the DBU free of charge The DBU will coordinate the management of the sites Aim: Preventing the future sale to private owners

18 Nature in Defence Thank you for your attention!


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