All of Germany is afraid of drought and water shortages, but bogs are still drained. What does that mean? These natural moisture reservoirs and biotopes are artificially drained. Water is pumped out, the area is criss-crossed with canals and ditches - the valuable fresh water is ultimately fed into the sea via detours. At the same time there are complaints about a lack of water.
The destruction of the moors has a long tradition - the primeval landscape has been made agriculturally usable by draining it since the 19th century. Later, there was also the hunger for land in the metropolitan areas. Bogs and wetlands were turned into building land.
The funds are mainly intended to finance the revitalization of moors in Germany. Instead of pumping out, rewetting is the order of the day. And there is a lot to do: 95 percent of the moors in Germany are currently dry.
Moore form a rich biotope. Their ability to bind CO2 is less well known. Although peatlands take up only three percent of the global land area, wet peatlands bind a quarter of the terrestrial carbon - twice as much as all forests on earth. It is worth filling up this memory. Conversely, however, if the last moors dry up permanently, they will release a corresponding amount of climate-damaging CO2 into the atmosphere.