Bargerveen Foundation – for ecosystem restoration
The Bargerveen Foundation is an independent foundation (nonprofit organization) who works on sustainable restoration and conservation of nature. We develop ecological knowledge and translate it to the practice of ecosystem restoration in order to improve the management of nature protected areas. In close cooperation with nature reserve managers we deliver specialized monitoring, ecological analyses on a landscape scale and applied research e.g. management experiments or effect studies on nature management. This approach provides important and new insights for the management and policy of nature. Our advices are always evidence based and tailor made.
Coastal dunes – of great value for The Netherlands
Coastal dunes are since the start of the foundation part of our core research activities. They also form an important part of the Dutch landscape and its biodiversity as well as in a European context. We try to unravel the ecology of faunal communities, how they react on different management actions and environmental stressors as e.g. atmospheric nitrogen pollution. The decrease in mobility of sands and decrease of shifting mosaics and pioneer stages are one of the biggest concerns for the decrease in floral and faunal biodiversity. Recent research develops best practice advices to reactivate coastal dunes on large and small scale.
Paludiculture – an innovative way to use and restore drained peaty soils
Paludiculture (“palus“ – lat. “mire, morass”) is the wet cultivation of marshland. On the one hand it includes traditional processes of peatland cultivation (reed mowing, litter usage), on the other hand new processes, for example the energetic utilization of biomass of the marshes, are used. In these processes the preservation of peat is always one of the most important objectives. Thereby important climate gas emissions (N2O and CO2) are avoided, biodiversity enhanced and renewable materials are produced. Paludiculture can be an ideal alternative way of land use around wet nature reserves, like protected mire reserves. Paludiculture is also a management option for former agricultural areas, like hydrological buffer zones, to reduce the nutrient load of the soil. Pilots are running in various European countries to find out win-win solutions for biodiversity and economy.
Our team consists out of a variety of experts in different fields. We work together with scientists in various European countries, are part of LIFE networks (bogs/ mires/ dunes) and discussion groups. That is another way how we disseminate our knowledge also internationally. As a site manager you are more than welcome to contact us in case you would like to get more information on one of our projects or e.g. direct advice in the field. Also students can do their internship or a working experience at our foundation. Please contact one of our staff members.