Siedenbollentin (dpa/mv) - After several years, the project on the Binsenberg hillside spring moor near Siedenbollentin has officially been completed. In order to protect the remains of the moor vegetation and to preserve the habitats, ditches have been closed and dams set since 2017, the State Office for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Geology in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania announced on Tuesday.
Raising the water level reduces peat decomposition. As a result, peat can form again in the future, which will reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, it is said. "As a federal state rich in moors, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has a special responsibility for ambitious moor protection," said the director of the state office, Ute Hennings. "Wet moors are important for biological diversity and natural climate protection. Intact moors can also mitigate the effects of flooding, heavy rain or heat."
According to the state office, peat soils in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania make up around 13 percent of the state area. The Binsenberg moor is about 36 hectares in size and is one of the "largest and most powerful hillside spring moors in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania".