Nature Compensation Management – Luneplate
Whenever water or port construction projects affect or even threaten to destroy protected habitats, we create comparable compensatory mitigation sites in accordance with the relevant legal requirements. Because of our location on the mouth of the Weser, immediately beside Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park and World Heritage Site, the requirements we have to fulfil are comparatively strict. Back in the early 1990s, bremenports recruited its own environmental planning experts, thus setting up organisational structures which have proved successful for project development right up until the present day. Over the course of nearly 30 years, we have acquired comprehensive expertise for which there is meanwhile such high international demand that bremenports’ environmental planning engineers have also designed and implemented projects for third parties in the capacity of external consultants.
Once such compensatory mitigation projects have been completed, the sites are maintained by our staff as “green port infrastructure”. The nature conservation authorities greatly appreciate the fact that all aspects of these projects – from the planning stage and development right through to maintenance – are handled as one overall package.
ESPO Award 2016 for the Luneplate
Our environmental commitment was rewarded in 2016 when we won the “ESPO Award” presented by the European Sea Ports Organisation. In a competition on “Nature at the Ports”, our Luneplate compensatory mitigation site came out first, ahead of eleven other European ports, including Rotterdam, Antwerp and Le Havre. The award was presented to bremenports Managing Director Robert Howe at the Palais d’Eqmond in Brussels. The compensatory mitigation sites on Luneplate cover a total area of around 1060 hectares and are of international importance because of their relevance for the East Atlantic migration route.
IAPH Environmental Silver Award 2017 for the Luneplate
The ports of Bremen received the silver medal of the 2017 IAPH Port Environment Award at the Bali International Harbor Conference. With this award, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) honored our exceptional Luneplate Project.