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Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety The new project “The joy of insects – with regional wild plants” is intended to increase the demand for native wild perennials and provide expert support to the trade in the production and marketing of regional planting material.

Wild mallow instead of Canadian goldenrod, daisies instead of chrysanthemums – native plants in private gardens and on public green spaces are beneficial for people and nature. The new project “Insect joy – with regional wild plants” is therefore intended to increase the demand for local wild perennials and provide specialist support to the trade in the production and marketing of regional plant material. The project is funded by the Federal Office for Nature Conservation in the federal program for biological diversity with funds from the Federal Environment Ministry in the amount of around 590,000 euros. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze: “Many people have recognized the value of biodiversity for nature and humans and are ready to get involved. We want to specifically support this and close the gap between knowledge and action, between commitment and implementation. The “Insect Joy” project therefore makes quality-assured, insect-friendly and at the same time regional planting material more available – and not only for use in private gardens, but also in public green spaces and on company premises. Anyone who finds out about native perennials and also plants them helps quickly, specifically and sustainably to stop the decline in insects. ”BfN President Prof. Beate Jessel: “If there is a lack of native flowering plants, this means less living space, food, nesting opportunities and wintering places for insects. If the insects are missing, one piece of the puzzle is missing on the whole – in nature and its services for us humans. After all, insects are not just food for fish, birds and mammals. Insects are our most important plant pollinators and thus also provide for our daily nutrition. In addition, they contribute to humus formation and soil aeration as well as to the self-cleaning of bodies of water and, together with colorful flowering plants, are pleasing to the eye. We need the insects – and they need the support of all of us. ”The NABU Nature Conservation Station Niederrhein cooperates in the project“ The joy of insects – with regional wild plants ”with nurseries and horticultural companies. Initially, a large range of native wild plants is to be established in the conventional garden trade in the Lower Rhine region. However, no seeds are traded, which often only last for one season, but ready-grown perennials in pots such as meadow knapweed, heather carnation or cowslip. The perennial cultivation from certified regional seeds ensures the ecological quality of the plant material. In addition to the insect friendliness and regionality of the wild plants, the sustainability of production also plays an important role. For example, plastic is to be avoided and the use of peat and pesticides reduced. Workshops and training for employees of horticultural companies as well as advice for companies, bulk buyers and multipliers are intended to support the development of a stable market for regional seedlings. With a nationwide regional planting material conference, the project managers want to network the companies involved in planting material production and marketing with each other and promote the exchange of experiences and thus provide an impetus for similar projects, even across borders from the Netherlands and Belgium.

The federal program for biological diversity The implementation of the national strategy for biological diversity (NBS) has been supported by the federal program for biological diversity since 2011. Funding is given to projects that are representative of the whole of the state within the framework of the NBS or that implement this strategy in a particularly exemplary manner. The funded measures help stop the decline in biological diversity in Germany and turn it into a positive trend in the medium to long term. They serve the protection and sustainable use as well as the development of biological diversity and go beyond the legally required standards. Acceptance-building measures for information and communication help to strengthen social awareness of biological diversity.

Protecting insects and preserving their diversity Stop insect mortality

12/15/2020 | Press release No. 230/20 | Conservation / biological diversity Joint press release with the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation

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