This project is built on a strong partnership cooperation. Altogether more than 20 partners are assembled in this project. They bring together their experience and facilities to allow best project implementation for the benefit of nature and all of us.
A leading role in this project is taken over by the beneficiary Stiftung Naturschutz Schleswig-Holstein in Germany.
The following short descriptions will introduce you the different kind of partners in this project. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Stiftung Naturschutz Schleswig-Holstein (Beneficiary)
The „Stiftung Naturschutz Schleswig Holstein “is a foundation under public law, founded 1978 by the regional Government of Schleswig-Holstein. This is the most northern region in Germany and is situated between Denmark in the North and Hamburg at the river Elbe in the South. The main aim of the Foundation is the conservation of nature and landscape in the region. This is done mainly by land purchase, until 2008 up to 27.000 ha throughout the region. These sections are, if grazing is recommended, often leased out to local farmers with obligations and restrictions for the nature conservation. In other cases the own farming business with around 800 Galloway cattle is doing the necessary grazing scheme.
Since 1997 the Foundation is fully independent and run by a 15-head honorary council. The daily management is run by a full time manager as board member. More than 25 employees are dealing with the regular work of the foundation. The daily work is split between two main departments.
The regular site management (Flächenmanagement) is dealing with the maintenance of the land property, mainly by supervising lease holders and implementing smaller activities for nature conservation. This could be: closing of drainages for establishing natural hydrology on the land, fencing infrastructure to allow large scale grazing complexes or biotope improvements as digging ponds.
Another department (Projektentwicklung) is focussing on project management. Here especially EU-cofinanced projects with specific objectives are developed and implemented as Interreg, Leader or LIFE. Further colleagues are facilitating this work by Awareness rising and PR-work, financial issues and secretariat.
Stiftung Naturschutz Schleswig-Holstein
Landesamt für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und ländliche Räume Schleswig-Holstein (LLUR)
The State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas (LLUR) is divided into 8 departments. Main topics of the departments – next to general services- are:
• Nature Conservation
• Geology and soils
• Technical Environment Protection
• Rural Development
Next to the head office in Flintbek, the LLUR is providing services on further 22 locations in Schleswig-Holstein. As a state authority in the departmental responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas the LLUR is networking on integrated land management in the diversity, beauty and the cultural uniqueness of landscape.
Core responsibilities of the department of Nature Conservation within the major network are:
• Monitoring of relevant species and habitats with external honorary assistance
• Establishment of basic information regarding maintenance and development of ecosystems
• Development of Management-Plans implementing the network NATURA 2000
• Advisory service in nature conservation and environmental topics within Schleswig-Holstein
• Implementation of standards, concepts and basic principles in nature conservation and landscape management regarding further responsibilities
• Execution on national and international nature and species protection
• Reporting responsibilities regarding Habitat – and Bird Directive
• Information and development of digital data of the status of nature
• Upgrading of Information, i.e. Red Lists and Distribution Atlas of Species
The department of Nature Conservation is responsible for the reintroduction of Apium repens, the monitoring of birds and amphibians and the creation of management plans in two project sites within the BALTCOAST-Project.
Landesamt für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und ländliche Räume (LLUR)
Hamburger Chaussee 25
Dr. Silke Lütt
Tel: 0049-4347- 363
NABU Waterfowl Reserve Wallnau
In 1899 the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) was founded in Stuttgart as the “League for the Protection of the birds” by Lina Hähnle. Due to the political development in Germany at the beginning of the 1990s it was then united with the East-German “Society for Nature and Environment” into the NABU-Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V. (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union). NABU's headquarter is located in Berlin. Aim of NABU is to encourage and inspire people to engage themselves for nature and environmental matters. All of the more than 400 000 NABU members are organized in federal, regional and local structures. Close to democratic political systems members participate with their votes in the choice of delegates and take influence on opinion building processes within the Society.
Since 1971 the NABU determines the “Bird of the Year”. The idea is to attract public attention for rare or attractive birds and help develop a general consciousness for local or global environmental problems. The trophy “Dino of the Year” (since 1993) is donated to people or companies of public interest. Annually distinguished is the most ridiculous statement or anachronistic decision in connection with environment and nature.
NABU is partner of BirdLife International in Germany and runs, next to various visitor centres and nature protection areas, some scientific institutes as the Wallnau Reserve.
This paradise for birds in the Baltic Sea is for millions of birds the island of Fehmarn as an important northern “airbase”. Half of all European birds, approximately 250 different species, stop over in the NABU Waterfowl Reserve Wallnau on the way from the breeding areas up north to the winter resting places in Africa. Among these birds are about 60 species which also breed in Wallnau. On the former fish-ponds, large reeds and the wet meadows the birds find perfect food and breeding conditions. The Waterfowl Reserve is a managed nature protection area with a size of 297 ha. The former fish-ponds are connected with a system of ditches. Water levels in all parts of the reservation can be measured to optimize living quality or food conditions, for example for waders, whenever demanded. To ensure an attractive landscape for meadow birds constant growth is avoided. Grass is either cut or pastured by a flock of sheep and Galloway cattle.
The aim of the NABU Waterfowl Reserve Wallnau is to combine natural protection with profound information and the possibility to experience nature from face to face. Especially visitors with little interest in environmental matters are supposed to be attracted by the fascinating bird-watch and the importance and beauty of a sensible biological system. Therefore five percent (approx. 15ha) of the territory are open for the public. Along the nature-trail, which is separated by a mound, there are four hides from where the visitors are able to watch breeding or foraging animals from a very close distance. NABU Wallnau is also responsible for the management of the two other nature reserves on the island Fehmarn: Grüner Brink and Krummsteert-Sulsdorfer Wiek.
University of Hamburg
Department of Biology, Sub-department: Ecology and biology of useful plants, Working group: ecology of population and vegetation plant ecology (Professor Dr. Kai Jensen)
The Population and Vegetation Ecology working group at the University of Hamburg has strong experience with
- the analysis of conservation strategies for endangered plant species and
- transdisciplinary nature conservation and restoration projects.
Beside Prof. Dr. K. Jensen, one post-doc fellow, six PhD – students, one technician and several diploma (master) students are actually working on the scientific basis for different aspects of nature conservation and management. At the Bio-centre Klein Flottbek, the working group has several growth chambers, germination incubators, greenhouses, an experimental garden and all necessary measurement equipment to carry out the proposed experiments with Apium repens.
Within the topic of this working group the special demands of Apium repens, an endangered plant species and listed on the red data list, has been examined in detail. After several experiments in the glass house the establishment of reserve populations in nature continues the work in the project.
Biozentrum Klein Flottbek
Prof. Kai Jensen
Amphi Consult is a biological consultant company established in 1992. The company has its office in Odense/Fyn. Lars Briggs, an expert in amphibian population biology, owns the company. The company has long time experience in implementing of nature conservation actions, especially focusing on amphibian objectives.
Danish Forest and Nature Agency (SNS / Skov- og Naturstyrelsen)
West Zealand County, South Jutland County, Storstrøm County, Vejle County and Fyn County were regional administrations in Denmark. These counties had been partners in the project until their administrative decommissioning 31.12.2006.
Their role is now taken over by the Danish Forest and Nature Agency (Skov- og Naturstyrelsen), a department of the Danish Ministry of Environment, situated in Copenhagen. With their local based Forest District Administrations the project has strong forces which are now responsible partner for the implementation of actions on site.
Ministry of the Environment
Danish Forest and Nature Agency
Saltholm Ejerlaug is an association of almost 200 landowners of the 16 km² large island “Saltholm” just between Copenhagen (DK) and Malmo (S). This coastal lagoon and Atlantic salt meadow complex is leased out to a farmer living all year round on the island.
The objective of the Saltholm Ejerlaug is to conserve the island as it is to day. Saltholm Ejerlaug was founded in 1847 and aims today to conserve the nature on Saltholm by managing appropriate grazing on the islands. Saltholm Ejerlaug has already installed grazing with a combination of hardy grazing on whole years basis (200 cattle) and summer grazing (500 cattle).
Saltholm Ejerlaug Maglebygaard
Norde Kinklegard 42
Kalmar County Administration Board/Länsstyrelsen i Kalmar län
The nature conservation work done by the County Administrative Board (CAB) is aimed at preserving the county's natural and cultural landscapes and the biological diversity linked to each landscape.
CAB inform about the public right of access and we work to ensure that we have a good outdoor environment. Among other things CAB makes inventories of and monitor various endangered elements in nature as well as plant and animal species.
According to the Environmental Code CAB can protect nature by establishing for example nature reserves and bird sanctuaries. The CAB is also responsible for caring for and administering nature reserves, national parks and Natura 2000 sites.
Anyone who is about to carry out work that could affect the natural environment negatively, is obliged to consult the County Administrative Board first.
Länsstyrelsen i Kalmar
SE-391 86 Kalmar
County Administration Board of Gotland / Lansstyrelsen Gotland
This local administration on the Swedish island of Gotland takes care of the unique nature on this special site.
SE-621 85 Visby
Vellinge, famous for its bird observation station, is a town at the most south-western tip of Sweden. It is preserving the ecosystems of the nature reserves in question in close co-operation with local farmers.
S-235 81 Vellinge
Ministry of the Environment of Estonia
The Estonian Ministry of the Environment is the main administrator of natural resources and their use in Estonia. It bears responsibility for regulating the questions concerning the protection of nature and environment, solving the tasks concerning the land-use and building, including co-ordination of the elaboration of regional plans, managing the use, protection and accounting of the natural resources.
Kihnu Strait Marine Park Foundation (KVN)
Kihnu Strait Marine Park Foundation is a nature conservation NGO and was found in 2001 (www.merepark.ee). Its focus is the maintenance of natural and cultural values of the coastal area near Pärnu in Estonia. The park administration takes care of 9.100 ha , mainly private land . Main target is the re-introduction of traditional grazing on coastal pastures, restoration of wooden meadows (done partly by voluntary workcamp), introduction of new methods for keeping up traditional management of grassland.
Kihnu Strait Marine Park Foundation (KVN)
Kihnu Väina Merepark
Sadama tee Tostamaa
EE-88 101 Estonia
Pöhjakonn is a non-profit association and NGO that deals with nature conservation and nature education activities. Several biologists (zoologists and botanists) are working temporarily for NPO Pöhjakonn. NPO Pöhjakonn is strongly involved in the monitoring of flora and fauna in Estonia and works on e.g. action plans for amphibians or inventories in Natura 2000 sites.
Lithuanian Fund for Nature (LFN)
This non-profit NGO is a major player when it comes to nature conservation in Lithuania.
Lithuanian Fund for Nature
Tel: +370-861 690 02 90
The EU-Commission, Directorate General Environment is our main cofinancer and linked to our project in a strong partnership. See also the special chapter “Natura2000” for more information.
The BaltCoast Project runs under the branch LIFE-Nature, focusing on the improvement of Natura2000 sites. The LIFE Program and funds are directly managed by the European Commission, DG Environment, LIFE Unit. By this the European Commission acts very close with the beneficiaries. The visits and direct comments on the project implementation makes the EU-funding much more lively and touchable.
The project receives a maximum contribution of 3.403.203 Euro (59,86 %) of the total project budget. Due to several habitats listed as priority in the Habitats Directive and especially targeted in this project, the cofinancing rate exceeds the usual 50% line of cofinancing rate.
This is a huge sum, a huge acknowledgement, recognition in our project idea and the project set up. And it is a huge burden and responsibility on our side to fulfill these high expectations.
We thank our cofinancer for the trust and confidence in our project.