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NEW HABITATS FOR ENDANGERED ANIMAL SPECIES AROUND THE SAAR
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The protection of biodiversity is an imperative, so to speak a precautionary measure, for an intact and livable environment. Therefore, it is an obligation to nature, but also to the next generations.

Given the fact that that agricultural land is plowed and mulched in spring, public spaces are mostly mowed and more and more private gardens are reduced to stone surfaces, a compensation should be created. Specifically, this means the provision of suitable areas and their supply with species-rich seeds in order to sustain the life of as many plants and animal species as possible.

Against this background, more than 60 hectares of new flower-covered landscapes have been created in all Saarland districts within two years, offering shelter and food for many endangered species. This includes many insects, for example the native wild bee and butterflies, but also partridge, pheasant, rabbit and various species of birds such as the skylark.

The Landesentwicklungsgesellschaft Saarland (LEG Saar) and the Vereinigung der Jäger des Saarlandes (VJS), together with almost 30 municipalities and farmers, have once again taken care of this: throughout Saarland, they have sown a special, regional seed from different flowers and herbs on an area as big as about 80 football pitches.
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For LEG Saar, the conservation and development of biodiversity are important elements of regional development on the Saar. Together with the Vereinigung der Jäger des Saarlandes, LEG Saar creates new protective habitats. Together with the communities and farmers, they are pioneers in creating an insect-rich cultural landscape of relevance to biodiversity. In the next few years, the project participants want to widen their commitment to other Saarland communities in order to raise awareness of the important topic of biodiversity and to expand the already existing contribution to species-rich landscapes.

THE PROJECT

In cooperation with hunters from the region and communities, areas particularly suitable for creating flowering landscapes rich in insects are identified. For this purpose, LEG Saar provides the landowners – free of charge - with a special regional `habitat seed mixture` . In return, they agree to sowing the seed and thus to setting aside their areas for the coming years.

The seeds sown in all Saarland districts consist of roughly 60 different regional wildflower species and cultivated plants tailored to our climatic conditions and the needs of local animals and insects. LEG Saar obtained the seeds from the RWZ Raiffeisen Waren-Zentrale Rhein-Main and the Haseler Mühle near Neunkirchen.

WE ENSURE A SUSTAINABLE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

LEG Saar is the partner of the municipalities under the umbrella of Strukturholding Saar, a 100% state subsidiary. As a public company, we work together with the municipalities on the infrastructural and economic development of our country, renovate town centres, and create living space and jobs for the local people. We attach great importance to ecological sustainability in order to secure the preservation of our varied and beautiful flora and fauna for future generations.
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» Landesentwicklungsgesellschaft Saarland

WILDLIFE AND NATURE – HUNTERS’ PASSION

Hunting is a cultural asset that has historically grown over thousands of years. Today, hunting is not just about obtaining high-quality and healthy food in a sustainable way. Hunting primarily serves the preservation of nature and therefore meets an important social requirement of our time. So, we initiate and support species protection projects throughout Saarland.
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Roland Theis

„As a public company, it is our job to sustainably promote Saarland’s development. We do this together with the municipalities. In addition to economy-related projects such as the holiday park Bostalsee or the thermal resort in Rilchingen, this model of sustainable regional development also includes ecological sustainability for us. That’s why we want to make our contribution to a cultural landscape in Saarland that is rich in species“

Roland Theis, Chairman of the Board of LEG Saar as well as State Secretary and Delegate to the Federation and for European Affairs of the State of Saarland
Valentin Holzer

„One of our goals is to raise public awareness of the topic of biodiversity. After all, it is an essential part of our regions' development. Accordingly, the promotion of habitats for endangered animal species is an important concern and also task for us. Together with the municipalities, the supporting associations and the local farmers, we want to be pioneers in creating an insect-rich cultural landscape of relevance to biodiversity.“

Valentin Holzer, Managing Director LEG Saar