How Urbach wants to better protect nature in the future with the Network of Biospheres – Urbach

Roads cutting off valuable habitats, nature’s extensive use of forests, and ever-expanding settlements: there are many causes that contribute to the severe extinction of species we are currently witnessing. Thanks to a generous funding programme, the municipality of Auerbach now wants to take countermeasures and has commissioned a specialized office to draw up a plan to connect vital neighborhoods in the municipality. At a recent city council meeting, Rudolf Wylie, biotopes network ambassador for the Rems-Murr-Kreis Landscape Conservation Society, explained how this can help.

“It is generally related to the issue of species extinction,” he said, providing some startling facts. According to Willis’ presentation, Greenpeace and many currently famous scientists warn emphatically of a “massive species extinction like the last time the dinosaurs went extinct.” In recent years, 80 percent of flying insects have been lost worldwide; One-fifth of birds and three-quarters of land mammals are gone forever. It could soon be followed by a million other animal and plant species. The blame lies with human influence.

The network must connect living things

The municipality of Auerbach now wants to counter this by planning a new network that will connect existing bioenvironments. This serves to ensure that organisms become more mobile and can exchange genetic information, so that our original nature becomes more diverse and therefore more powerful.

In order to achieve this, the state government has set a goal that by 2030 at least 15 percent of the state’s open land should be used for the network of living organisms. If public planners consider measures, they must take into account the interests of the network of living beings, for which plans must first be made. The Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector are funding the Living Network Planning 90 percent so that communities can keep track of all this and a national bionetwork can be developed.

A call for action

“I am absolutely convinced of the benefit,” Mayor Martina Verlaine said. Management sees 90 percent funding as an invitation to really start planning. Funding for this rise is very rare.

“The network of organisms is the protection of species,” said Jürgen Schlutz, a municipal council member with SPD. He considers it to be welcome not only that the planning is done at Auerbach but nationally and evaluated as positively as the new results from the planning of the biotopes network can be incorporated into the land use plan.

Data may be needed anyway

Local Council Member for Free Voters Monica Brockmann also welcomed the project and called for “resolute steps forward” to promote the reverse development of nature. “The livelihoods of animals and plants are also our livelihoods. It is good that the state government sees it this way as well.”

Burkhard Nagel, head of the parliamentary Greens group, spoke out in favor of the measure and stated that the high level of funding appears as if planning was a duty – not a voluntary task. “Eventually we may need this data and information, for example for compensatory actions to build Schraienwiesen or another area.”

“A program like this would have been unimaginable 30 years ago,” said Detlev Holsworth. But nowadays you have to pay attention to nature conservation and treat such things. “We can no longer avoid them if we want to conserve the species.”

Can pests spread better?

“Unfortunately, we have recorded a significant loss of biodiversity in Baden-Württemberg,” said city councilor Ingolf Spanaus (Auerbach Citizens List). “Such a vital network is definitely incompatible with that.” He wanted approval, but wondered what could be done to prevent pests and pathogens from spreading into the new networks.

Rudolf Willey explained that invasive species have been around for a long time and do not depend on such networks anyway. However, important barriers of valuable species must be preserved and possibly re-established in appropriate locations. In addition, several experts should be involved.

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