Immediate measures should help the threatened Leipzig Auwald.  (archive image)
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With immediate measures, the Free State of Saxony is trying to help save the endangered Leipzig floodplain forest.

Leipzig – With immediate measures, the Free State of Saxony is trying to save the threatened person in the short term Leipziger to contribute to Auwald.

Immediate measures should help the threatened Leipzig Auwald. (archive image) © Hendrik Schmidt/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa

Environment Minister Wolfram Günther (49, Greens) found out about a project at the Möckernsche Winkel in the north of the city on Monday, which is intended to bring more water back into part of the forest.

In the long term, however, a major nature conservation project for the floodplain forest must be developed together with the federal government and the EU, said the Green politician.

The approximately 5700-hectare Leipzig floodplain forest has been suffering from a lack of flooding for decades. This is mainly due to flood protection interventions from the past.

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In addition, the consequences of climate change and mining in the Leipzig region affected the area, said Günther.

“We have to act as quickly as possible,” said Günther. “We are therefore now trying to implement immediate measures to ensure that we get water into the forest as quickly as possible.”

This summer, the State Dam Administration (LTV) dug slots in a dike on the Neue Luppe canal at the Möckernscher Winkel.

They should ensure that even during a flood, which statistically occurs every year, an area of ​​around two hectares of alluvial forest is flooded. With a flood like the one that occurs every five years, it would be more than ten hectares.

However, the LTV admitted that these floods had not occurred for nine years. The Neue Luppe has been at absolute low water since April.

Environment Minister Günther said that measures like the Möckernsche Winkel were still correct. Before the big solution for the floodplain forest comes, it would be “downright negligent” to omit smaller measures.

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