bremenports’ commitment to protecting the environment was rewarded on 9 November, when it was presented with the ESPO Award by the European Sea Ports Organisation. In the category of “Nature in Ports”, Bremerhaven’s project for the compensatory mitigation site Luneplate won the award in competition with eleven other European ports, including Rotterdam, Antwerp and Le Havre. Managing Director Robert Howe accepted the prize on behalf of bremenports at the Palais d’Eqmond in Brussels.
Central compensatory mitigation site of outstanding importance for breeding, resting and migrant birds
Luneplate, a former island in the River Weser, is the central compensatory mitigation site for port construction projects such as Container Terminal 4 in Bremerhaven. The site covers several hundred hectares and was previously used for intensive farming. Since it was redesigned, wet grassland and a man-made tidal polder, with channels bordered by mudflats, sedge zones and tidal pools, provide habitats and refuges for numerous species, some of which are at risk of extinction. Luneplate plays a particularly important role as a breeding and resting place for migrant birds.
Observation platforms and hides
Valuable natural habitats have evolved here in Bremen’s youngest and largest nature reserve. No traffic is permitted on Luneplate to ensure that these habitats can develop undisturbed. An observation platform has been constructed on the eastern edge of the tidal polder from which visitors can view the eco-landscape. A number of hides have also been created, which allow visitors to observe lapwing, black-tailed godwits, barnacle, white-fronted and greylag geese without being seen themselves.