Recent projects

Biodiversity Criteria in Standards and Quality Labels for the Food Industry

Quality labels and standards badge products or services that match to certain criteria. Therefore they are functioning as an important mark for orientation for all of those, who are working at procurement or quality assurance. Labels and standards being communicated to consumers grant this function of orientation.

Biodiversity in Standards and Labels of the Food Industry

The loss of biodiversity is one of the biggest challenges of our times. Human activities are driving specie loss 1000 times faster than it would have been under normal circumstances. Many ecosystems, which provide us essential resources, are at a risk of collapsing. The conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity is not simply an environmental issue but it is a key requirement for our nutrition, production processes, services and the overall quality of life.

Bioenergy region of Lake Constance

The region of Lake Constance is one among 25 winners of the competition „Bioenergie-Regionen”, created by the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture.The regional concept for development, which was elaborated in a cooperation between the Lake Constance Foundation and the solarcomplex AG, was awarded for being a promising and innovative approach.
The region is supported for three years with a subsidy of 400.000 Euros.

Business and Biodiversity

Companies benefit directly and indirectly from diverse and intact ecosystems. But up to now only a few companies recognized the importance of biodiversity for their business and developed strategies and action-plans for conservation and sustainable usage of biodiversity. Even fewer implemented such a strategy.

CHAMP - Local Sustainability becomes Reality

CHAMP is a project funded by the European Union which will continue its successful predecessor "Managing Urban Europe". CHAMP will promote the experiences drawn from Managing Urban Europe by establishing training structures on integrated management for municipalities, regional authorities and EMAS-auditors. Integrated management aims at the expansion of environmental management systems to a full sustainability management.

Converting Organic Matters from European urban and natural areas into storable bioenergy

The utilization and development of environmentally friendly technologies are key factors for the achievement of the ambitious aims of EU to increase the share of renewable energies. The energetic utilization of biomass has an important role, as in contrast to other renewables (wind/PV), biomass is storable and it is possible to produce storable bio-fuels.

 

Franz and Hildegard Rohr Bird Protection Foundation at Lake Constance

On November 9th 2005 a seminal document for a new foundation for bird protection at Lake Constance was ceremonially issued by Hubert Wicker, the district president of the regional council in Tübingen.

Good Bioenergy Villages in Baden-Württemberg

The aim of the project “Good Bioenergy Villages in Baden-Württemberg“ is to improve the energy efficiency of the utilization of heat, e.g. of biogas plants, wood-chip heating systems or industrial waste heat.

LIFE AgriAdapt - Sustainable Adaptation of Typical European Farming Systems To Climate Change

LIFE AgriAdapt is a European project sponsored by the LIFE programme of the European Union. It will demonstrate how sustainable adaptation measures can help livestock, arable and permanent crop farms become more climate resilient.

Living Lakes

Lake Constance is one of 29 lakes organized in the international network "Living Lakes". Global Nature Fund and German Envrionmental Aid founded the network to allow environmental organizations concerned with the sustainable development of their lake's region to exchange ideas and experiences and realize joint campaigns and projects.

We represent Lake Constace in the Living Lakes network.

Nature-based Experiences for the Blind and Visually Impaired People

Nature-based experiences and barrier-free access to nature for visually handicapped people is not a new topic, but is only in recent times on the agenda.

Network Blooming Lake Constance

The Network aims at winning over, inform, educate and consult partners (municipalities, farmers, administrations and companies) who will stand up for the bee- and insect-friendly cultivation and upkeep of the landscape.

Partnership for Biodiversity Protection in Viticulture in Europe

The relationship between EU agriculture and biodiversity has two faces. In the past, agriculture significantly contributed to increasing the diversity of landscapes and species in Europe, on one hand. On the other, intensive agriculture is one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss in the cultural landscape. Today, sound knowledge is available regarding food production and protection of biodiversity and ecosystems.

power kids

Giving children with and without handicaps the opportunity to get in touch with bioenergy is the heart of the project “power kids”, managed by Lake Constance Foundation.

Regional energy from regional wood

Wood stemming from landscape-maintenance gains value: since prices for wood continue rising and possibilities for using wood as energy-supply are continually improving, wood from landscape-maintenance is no longer considered "waste". On the contrary this wood is considered a valuable ressource. But there are still some problems which have to be adressed.

Renaturation of Alluvial Forests at the Lake Constance

Back in the 19th century the Lake Constance still possessed wide natural shorelines. Today, in contrast, 50 % of the Lake's banks are thoroughly covered with buildings and significantly modified (IGKB, 2004). The anthropogenic intervention especially affected mouths of rivers and streams as well as the vegetation that accompanies them - riparian forests (mostly silver willow forests).