Landkreis Ludwigslust-Parchim, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Germany
The impacts of climate change and opportunities for regeneration are not limited to the world’s drylands. In the north of Germany, Sternberg Lake district’s beauty shields both. A deep dive into this area’s potential and the many challenges we believe can and must, be tackled.
At first glance, the Sternberg Lake district in Germany’s northeast shows a lush, green, undulating mosaic landscape. With forests and moors, agricultural land and historic small towns, the area’s features date back around 16,000 years, when two terminal moraines shaped it during the last ice age. A hidden gem often overlooked by tourists, referred to by residents as ‘the best kept secret’ of Germany.
However, a closer look reveals that the district is marked by the undeniable effects of climate change. The region is facing issues with erosion and challenges to keep the soils fertile, problems which were aggravated by several droughts which hit the region in the past few years. On top of that, this least densely populated part of Germany faces economic challenges. High unemployment rates in recent decades have caused young people to move to the larger cities, and farmers struggle to compete on the international market.
Despite these challenges, this landscape holds huge regenerative potential. That is why, in 2020, Commonland joined hands with Landschaftspflegeverband Sternberger Endmoränegebiet and Koepon. Our aim is to restore the local ecosystems, create a resilient and sustainable agricultural sector and bring back inspiration using the 4 Returns Framework.
In 2021, the first activities to experiment with regenerative farming practices have taken shape, to make farms more resilient in the light of changing local (climate) conditions. Stakeholders are being identified to co-create the long-term vision and action plan for the landscape.