Moors can do more
With their unique biodiversity, moorlands rank among the most fascinating wilderness areas in the world. They are, however, increasingly under threat from dewatering and more intensive use. In Germany, for example, only around five percent of the original moors are still considered pristine. This destroys the habitat for many specialised species and releases emission from the destroyed moor landscape.
Studies assume that moors are one to five times more efficient in storing CO2 than forests. This means that they also perform an important climate protection role for us as people. Not only that, intact moors work like a sponge in storing large quantities of water. They can soak up and temporarily retain heavy rain. In this way, moors serve to mitigate flooding during rainy periods and provide the surrounding landscape with the stored water in times of drought.
Moors thus play multiple important roles in nature conservation and climate change. It is for this reason that the Hannover Re Foundation makes a donation for the preservation of these valuable areas.
In concrete terms, we support the NABU sheep farm (NABU-Schäferhof). The herd grazes on adjacent moorland and helps to preserve the local ecosystems. More information (German only) can be found at NABU Niedersachsen.