About the Project

The Project harmoniously combines several important aspects and benefits directly or indirectly to many parties.  And so:
 

1. Biodiversity and nature conservation:
 

1.1. Restoration and protection of nesting sites, feeding grounds and resting places and wintering areas for the endangered species of wetland birds - the most endangered in the region and the world - in a total area of ??at least 2800ha.
 

1.2. Halting land degradation and the disappearance and degradation of habitat meadow-boggy Northern Polder, by ensuring adequate water regime in a total area of ??at least 2800 hectares.
 

1.3. Restoration and protection of open marshy meadows and bogs - landscapes and habitats most at risk in the region and the world - at least on the surface of 2800 hectares.
 

1.4. The introduction of a model system of water management focused on protecting the habitats of wetland birds during the breeding season, migration and wintering in a total area of ??approximately 5000 hectares.
 

1.5. The introduction of three zones of soil wetness and water management: 1 - swamp (permanent flooding and restoration of peat-forming processes), 2 - transient, periodically flooded, 3 - moist, where the flooding will depend on natural factors. In zones 2 and 3, after the breeding season, extensive grazing and / or mowing will be carried out.
 

1.6. The increase in biodiversity throughout the Project area and consequently on a much larger scale.
 

2. Water management - understood as irrigation and water retention on the land which has so-far been arid and water control to suit the requirements of wetland birds:
 

2.1. renovation or reconstruction of four weirs together with fish ladders
 

2.2. renovation or reconstruction of 46 valves  and 9 road culverts,
 

2.3. renovation of drainage / irrigation ditches of the total length of 183km.
 

2.4. removal of willow scrub on the total area of ??200ha.

 

 

3. Agriculture - by creating new places for grazing and by promoting sustainable, nature-friendly agriculture, any bu substantive support for farmers interested in agri-environmental programmes (social + natural objective).

 

4. Promotion and economic support for the region - by increasing the local tourism potential, which will open additional opportunities for earning money for the residents of the region (social objective).

 

5. Flood protection - by providing the possibility of controlled flooding of the area covered by the project in case of flood risk. In such circumstances, this area would play the role of a retention reservoir during periods of flood risk and so there would be no flooding of farmland and no need for costly repair of flood damage (social objective).

 

6. Integration in the context of sustainable development - through revival and increase of habitats and feeding area for birds (a total area of ??2800 hectares). This reduces the risk of conflict between farmers and wild animals – especially flocks of wild geese, which during migration will use the Northern Polder meadows for feeding rather than feed on the surrounding fields.

 

7. Communication, promotion and social inclusion - by promoting the idea of ??nature conservation and raising awareness of the importance of wetlands to humans and wildlife as well as their exceptional value – locally, nationally and internationally (including conferences, feature film and a book entitled ‘Wetlands Work Wonders!).