German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Peene-Haff Valley and Peatlands


Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Physiographic unit:

Nordostmecklenburgisches Tiefland mit Oderhaffgebiet (Lowland of north-east Mecklenburg with Oder backwaters)


Core area 20,090 ha

Project description:

Peene-Haff Valley © BfN
Peene-Haff Valley

The river valley peatland of the Peene river with its largely undisturbed hydrological regime is one of the largest contiguous peatland complexes of its kind in Europe. Even today it still retains a rich variety of natural and near-natural habitats. The Peene valley represents typical habitat types of the North German lowland and is home to a number of specially protected animal and plant species in danger of extinction: Eurasian river otter (Lutra lutra), European beaver (Castor fiber), white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), lesser spotted eagle (Aquila pomarina), northern harrier (Circus cyaneus), Montagu's harrier (Circus pygargus), Eurasian crane (Grus grus), the shrub birch (Betula humilis), globeflower (Trollius europaeus), bird's-eye primrose (Primula farinosa), marsh gentian (Gentiana pneumonanthe), various orchid species, etc.

Threats arise due to inadequate water quality in the Peene river and through intensification of agriculture and land improvement measures carried out in recent years, which threaten the peat layer particularly severely; sporadic instances of bog subsidence have already occurred. The principal project objectives are the conservation and safeguarding of the Peene river as a largely unimpeded lowland river unregulated by impounding, preservation of the peatland complexes or stimulation of bog growth in disturbed areas, restoration of the natural water regime on drained and poldered sites, extensification of agricultural land use and the management of tourism and leisure activities.

Funding period:

1992 to 2009

Grant amount:

€31.27 million

Entity responsible for the project:

Zweckverband "Peenetal-Landschaft" (Special-purpose association 'Peenetal landscape')
Pasewalker Str. 27a
17389 Anklam, Germany

Tel.: +49 3971 83 12 96, Fax: +49 3971 83 12 97


Project funding agencies:

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Land (state) of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Zweckverband "Peenetal-Landschaft" (Special-purpose association 'Peenetal landscape')

Liaison at BfN:

Dr. Ulla Steer, Unit FG II 2.3

Further information:

Natur und Landschaft (Nature and landscape, German language journal), Volume 71 (1996), Issue 7/8, 287 - 294 (Ordering instructions, only in German)

...find out more on the Internet (only in German)

Last Change: 01/01/2015