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Environmental programmes to compensate for loss of habitat

Flowers with insects
Insects in the '106 plot' of woodland (woodland environmental programme) located on the edge of the Mörsbacher Grund conservation area (Photo: Markus Bernards for FAIR)

A whole range of environmental measures are planned to replace animal and plant habitat that will be lost temporarily or permanently as a result of FAIR construction activities. The majority of these programmes have already been put into action. These compensatory measures are based on a comprehensive assessment of biotope classes and usage patterns. During the year before construction work began, environmental experts captured this knowledge by mapping in detail the plots of land between Hahnwiesenbach and Silz that were being used for forestry or agriculture, and by mapping the plant and animal species to be found on those plots of land.

The compensatory measures qualify for biotope credits that offset the impact of the construction work. So a tarmac road, for example, is worth three points, whereas a mixed beechwood forest development would be worth 41 points. This points system is based on the Guidelines Governing the Execution of Compensatory Measures and the Land Usage Index, issued by the municipal government in the German state of Hesse.

The environmental programmes to compensate for loss of habitat at FAIR focus on woodland, amphibians and reptiles, and the 'Stahlberge' natural monument situated in the vicinity of the FAIR site:

Woodland environmental programme
Amphibians and reptiles environmental programme
Stahlberge natural monument environmental programme

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