The Environmental Office participates in the Interreg project “Small Waters for the Lake Constance Region – Network for Biodiversity and Environmental Education”.

Small water bodies used to be common. Especially in the large river floodplains, they were created during floods and disappeared due to sedimentation. Dynamic processes were constantly underway, some small water bodies were preserved for longer, others disappeared quickly. In addition, outside the floodplains there were further depressions, spring outlets, temporary water-bearing ditches, extinguishing ponds, cattle drinking troughs, fish ponds, forest lakes, ponds, ponds, … . But the dynamics have largely disappeared from our floodplains. Many humid areas have been drained for the construction of settlements and to create better management conditions for agriculture, and they have been severely decimated by pollution and drainage. Small water bodies are therefore becoming increasingly rare. Small water bodies are habitats for a large number of animals and plants and are therefore very important for the promotion and conservation of biodiversity. Many species are also dependent on newly created small water bodies, where they are the first settlers. In the course of time, more competitive species will be added, which will then occupy the habitat.

In order to prevent siltation, the waters should be “maintained” and occasionally desludged. Due to different sizes, depths, water flows, subsoils and environments, small water bodies offer very diverse habitats. In the Lake Constance region with the Alpine Rhine and the High Rhine, a network of nature conservation actors has formed with the aim of maintaining existing small water bodies and creating further small water bodies. A total of 60 small water bodies will be newly created or rehabilitated as part of the project. We would like to inform interested parties about small water bodies, for example through excursions, environmental education offers or through the newspaper. In addition, we exchange information within the network and with experts in order to benefit from the experiences of others and pass on our experiences.

Our goals:

  • Creation of new small water bodies in the Lake Constance region
  • Consolidation of a cross-border network of experts and assets
  • To inspire people with small water bodies through joint public relations work and excursions.

What is Interreg?

Interreg is a regional programme of the European Union (EU) within the framework of the objective “European Territorial Cooperation” to promote cross-border cooperation, in which non-EU states such as Switzerland can also participate. Partners from Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Austria and Switzerland are participating in the project “Small water bodies for the Lake Constance region”. The environmental office of the Donaueschingen Association of Local Authorities is one of 10 partners in the network. Our project partners are several local and regional groups of the BUND, the district office of the Lake Constance district, the city of Friedrichshafen, the Heinz-Sielmann-Stiftung, the BUND Naturschutz in Bayern, the Naturschutzbund from Vorarlberg in Austria as well as the Naturschutzverein Rheindelta and Pro Natura Thurgau from Switzerland. The project is managed by the Lake Constance Foundation. How much support do we receive? We are funded within the framework of an Interreg project. The co-financing rate is 60%, the remaining costs are borne by the municipalities of Donaueschingen and Hüfingen.

How long is the project running?

The project runs from mid-2015 to mid-2019.

Which projects will be carried out by the Donaueschingen Environmental Office?

As part of the Interreg project, two ponds will be created in the Donaueschingen Association of Municipalities. One site will be in the district of Hüfingen, the other in the district of Donaueschingen near Neudingen. On www.interreg.org you will find the project homepage as well as the contact details of all our partners.

At the end of February 2018, a new small watercourse was created in Hausen vor Wald. Further information can be found here.

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