Completed NNA research projects
Result-oriented rewards for ecological activities in the grassland of north-west Germany
The research project “Development and testing of methods for result-oriented rewards for ecological activities in the grassland of north-west Germany” ran from 01.07.2004 to 31.07.2006; the aim was to develop technical basics for possible funding programmes to preserve species-rich grassland. Ready-to-implement suggestions for the design of a possible results-oriented funding programme were developed under the direction of the Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation (NNA) and the Lower Saxony Water Management, Coastal Defence and Nature Conservation Agency.
The project was supported by the German Environmental Foundation (DBU) and the state of Lower Saxony.
Project partners were the Institute for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Bremen, the Institute for Environment and Biotechnology of the University of Applied Sciences of Bremen, the Research Centre for Agriculture and the Environment of the University of Göttingen, the Institute for Environmental Planning of the University of Hannover and the engineering offices “mensch und region” and “entera” of Hannover.
The results of the project are published in NNA-Bericht No. 1 (2006) in German.
Fire and grazing as tools to preserve neglected open landscapes in northwest Germany
In March 2004 the research project “Fire and grazing as tools to preserve neglected open landscapes in northwest Germany” was finished. It was supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). From March 2001, the effects of different heath maintenance measures were examined comparatively under the direction of the NNA.Investigations were carried out concerning nutrient ecology, vegetation and fauna, as well as analyses of the socio-economic effects of the maintaining measures and their importance for the landscape planning practice.
The results of the project are published in NNA-Bericht No. 2 (2004) in German.
General principles of nature conservation and their implementation in the Lower Saxony Elbe valley
The Elbe is the largest semi-natural river in Germany. The diversity of nature-oriented and culture-oriented habitats and the abundance of animal and plant species are of international importance.
Agricultural use plays a major role in the versatile cultural landscape marked by the Elbe. The central basis of sustainable development concepts for the entire cultural landscape is the harmonisation of sustainable agriculture with operative development opportunities and the aims of nature conservation. The aim of the project was to develop general principles of nature conservation and name measurable criteria for environmentally friendly agriculture as well as to develop concepts for their implementation in close collaboration of agriculture and nature conservation. New concepts were to be examined by an analysis of business economic and regional economic potentials (including marketing issues).
The research project, directed by the Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation (NNA), was designed as an interdisciplinary joint project. Ten institutions took part: university institutes and private research and planning institutions with the focus on ecology, economy, landscape planning and agriculture. Furthermore there was an intensive exchange with the Lüneburg district government, famers and their associations as well as agricultural institutions such as the Chamber of Agriculture and the Office for Agricultural Structure.
The results of the project are published on CD-Rom in German.