Environmental Compensatory Zone for Berth No. 4 shows Positive Developments
Niedersachsen Ports presents an environmental conservation project
Since its completion in 2017, the compensatory zone created by Niedersachsen Ports (NPorts) for the construction of berth no. 4 in Cuxhaven has developed well. Together with a specialized partner, the HWG member has established an approximately 30 hectare large conservation project near Hemmoor, which is situated roughly 30 kilometers inland from Cuxhaven.
During the roughly two year project, the intensively used forestry zone, which did not offer much of an ecosystem for flora and fauna, has been converted into an area of marshes and wetlands. For this purpose, e.g., five large shallow water areas were built and so called ditches were installed for drainage. In the coming years, NPorts will continue to support this zone.
“It is important that we take responsibility for our construction measures and contribute to natural conservation. It is a great success that one year after the end of this project, there has been so much progress,” said Kurt Kokkelink, Technical Department Director at Niedersachsen Ports in Stade and Cuxhaven.
Meanwhile, according to the regional infrastructure working group Struktur- und Umweltforschung GmbH (ARSU), 50 different bird species have settled in the zone. To this end, 32 bird breeds were verified by way of a breed certification or, as it may be, a breed assessment. This includes some endangered species. Other species, like amphibians or insects, have also settled in the zone.
"In total, NPorts owns 3,528 hectares of land. Of this, 875 hectares are dedicated to conservation. This is how we can create and ensure a sustainable future for our ports,” said Holger Banik, General Manager of Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG and of JadeWeserPort Realisierungs GmbH & Co. KG.