The research project “REWILD_DE – Conservation of biodiversity and valorisation of ecosystem services through rewilding – learning from the Oder Delta”, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), started in November 2021. Scientists and practitioners are working together to explore the potential of rewilding for the restoration of biodiversity and the promotion of nature-based economic development in the model area of the Oder Delta in western Pomerania (north-eastern Germany). Furthermore, they will investigate to what extent the experiences and results gained during the project can be transferred beyond the project area and serve as a model for other regions. The project is coordinated at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with project 3 partners: the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) / Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE) and the association Rewilding Oder Delta (ROD), a practitioner in the study area.
On 23 September 2021, the second part of the German-Polish exchange between stakeholders from nature conservation, agriculture, forestry and science took place in Rothenklempenow in the Ueckermünde Heath. The meeting was organised by us within the framework of the Interreg Va project “Wildes (er)leben am Haff” (English: Wild life at the Lagoon) in order to showcase the long-standing experiences of the actors in our cross-border region and also to discuss wishes, concerns and ideas for the future of the area.