Since 2009 Volkswagen Financial Services have been actively working for the protection and rehydration of moorland together with Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V. (NABU), the German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union – both nationally and internationally.
Intact moors are among the most important carbon reservoirs in the world. Although they only cover three percent of the global land surface, they contain one third of the terrestrial carbon reserves – twice as much as all the world's forests put together. Damaged moors, on the other hand, emit large amounts of carbon, which turns into the harmful greenhouse gas CO2 in the air and enters into the atmosphere.
On top of that, moors are crucially important for biodiversity. Moors are vital habitats in which unique biocenoses (biotope-specific ecological communities) with highly specialised species develop over time. Moors also have an important function as resting and breeding grounds for many different birds.
Environmental and climate protection and the conservation of biological diversity are key objectives of the commitment of Volkswagen Financial Services and the NABU.
Two examples: through extensive renaturation measures, the 240-hectare Theikenmeer is once again a species-rich habitat – e.g. for adders, snipes and wild orchids. White Polled Heath sheep and goats graze in the area in harmony with nature. Secondly, the project area in the Lichtenmoor covering around 130 hectares is once again home to the bog rosemary, the cranberry, the cranberry blue butterfly, and various species of dragonflies. The lowland region also remains an important base for the crane.