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Düsseldorf, Germany

The eel plans prepared by France, the Netherlands and Germany will be presented and compared. The (still) uncoordinated national measures are suitable as a whole to achieve the goals of the EU Eel Regulation for a big international catchment area like the Rhine is to be scrutinized. Source

Zepp H.,Ruhr University Bochum | Doll C.,Ruhr University Bochum | Hohn U.,Ruhr University Bochum | Jurgens C.,Ruhr University Bochum | And 6 more authors.
Berichte zur Deutschen Landeskunde | Year: 2012

On the relict mine site "Hugo 2/5/8" in the city of Gelsenkirchen the developer plans the construction of a biomass plantation. It is in concordance with the province's biomass action plan with the speciality that for the first time a biomass plantation would be located within an urban area instead of a rural landscape. The authors discuss the multifunctional perspectives of the project with respect to the ecological and social potential. In a multi-scale approach the benefits and the risks of the biomass plantation for the developing company and for nearby urban dwellers is presented. To ensure a multi-functional use of the plantation (biomass production, education, nature conservation, recreation, secondary effects as stabilizing property values in the neighborhood) on its way to become a biomass park, the planners should respect biodiversity aspects as well as the sociodemographic structure of the adjacent city quarter. We recommend a more open dialogue oriented adaptive planning process. Source

Friedeheim L.,Hydrotec Ingenieurgesellschaft fur Wasser und Umwelt mbH | Heiland P.,INFRASTRUKTUR and UMWELT | Buschhuter E.,Ministerium fur Klimaschutz
WasserWirtschaft | Year: 2013

The Ministry of Environment of the federal state Northrhine-Westfalia coordinates the implementation of the EU floods directive in the state's different river basins. To ensure a similar quality of the plans as well as similar participation standards the Ministry has started a coordination and quality management process in 2010. Within this process guidelines and formats are being developed for the regional planning activities. It includes the coordination and the data management for flood risk maps and the planning processes for the Flood Risk Management Plans. The standards and guidance documents are presented here by the contracted consultancies. Source

Schneeweiss N.,Landesamt fur Umwelt | Hintzmann J.,Ministerium fur Klimaschutz | Lippert J.,Seeburger | Stein M.,Kastanienweg 1 | Thiesmeier B.,Diemelweg 7
Zeitschrift fur Feldherpetologie | Year: 2014

At the least since the mid-19th century numerous free-living amphibians and reptiles get collected for hobby activity or commercial interests. The extinction of one green lizard population or the decline of European tree frogs in the surrounding of Berlin has been pulled together with the capture of animals since turn of the century before last. According to the federal law on nature protection and the species conservation act the capture of native amphibians and reptiles and their husbandry is forbidden since nearly 30 years. Despite of these clear legal norms interferences on free-living amphibian and reptiles populations are repeating until today. The motives are various and range from a collection purpose and a self-constituted breeding project to the point of unethical animal marketing. Even recently the illegal removal of individuals threatened one of the last green lizard population in Germany. Investigations in the internet, anonymous information and later on criminalistic investigations uncovered a network of national and international organized criminals. Three responsible persons have been convicted to partly perennial suspended jail sentences. The increasing threat for native amphibian and reptile populations demands more social efforts against the illegal capture and trade of wild animals. The public authorities for species conservation execution of the federal states have an important role. We claim for a complete ban in trading native amphibian and reptiles species. Organizations like the DGHT have to argue with the animal trade more critically and should put more efforts in the conservation of native amphibian and reptile populations in the future. © Laurenti-Verlag Bielefeld. Source

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