Conservation project “Wilde Mulde”

Re-vitalisation of a dynamic riverine landscape in Central Germany

Riverine landscapes are unique habitats that coevally provide an extraordinary amount of ecosystem functions and services on varying spatial and temporal scales. Necessary requirements are the interaction between hydro-geomorphology and ecological processes as well existing connectivity between rivers and their adjacent floodplain. Against this background this project aims to implement several re-vitalisation measures along the River Mulde in Central Germany. It is planned to install dead wood in the river bed, restore unfixed riparian areas, connect a former river branch and initiate the development of a hardwood forest. As those measures will mainly influence biodiversity as well matter and sediment dynamics the project will gather a deeper knowledge regarding the processes that possibly have favoring effects of the maintenance and recovery of ecosystem functions and services in river-floodplain ecosystems across several habitats.