Masterplan 100% Climate Protection

Biosphere Reserve as Climate Protection Region

According to the UNESCO criteria, the promotion of sustainable uses and sustainable developments based on them in all areas of life and economic activity along with the preservation of biodiversity are among the functional tasks of Biosphere Reserves. It is the secondary economy sector in particular that energy consumption, use of raw materials and waste management are to take sustainable development as their guiding idea. Typical characteristics of such sustainable development are material cycles that are as closed as possible and their connection to natural cycles, the reduction of the amount of energy and raw materials used as well as the use of renewable raw materials and energy sources. Many of these characteristics are summarised today under the term “Climate Protection”, which according to the most recent UNESCO guidelines will play an even greater role in the future.
It was therefore logical that the board of directors of the Biosphere Association Bliesgau as the administrative body of the Biosphere Reserve already agreed in 2010 to devote particular attention to climate protection and unanimously voted to participate in the German federal government’s “Climate Protection Initiative”.

The Biosphere Reserve Bliesgau subsequently applies for the BMU-subsidy “Masterplan 100% Climate Protections” and was selected as one of the 19 subsidized regions in Germany. It is the only Biosphere Reserve in the country that is represented in the subsidy programme. The basic question of "If and how" climate protection measures are compatible with the demands of a Biosphere Reserve will be investigated in 2013 through 2014 and the first measures will be implemented between 2015 and 2016.

Climate Protection Goals 

The Masterplan 100% Climate Protection’s motto is "Land scha(f)ft Climate protection“, which is a pun on “Landschaft”, or “landscape” and “Land schafft” meaning “the country creates” in German. It has the long-term goal reducing emissions by 2050 to 95% of their 1990 values 95 % and halve energy consumption. In order to start preparing for this today, all of the communities involved are working hand-in-hand with the Biosphere Association and the Saarland Ministry for Environment and Consumer Protection.

Climate Protection Actors

The city St. Ingbert acts in a leadership capacity on behalf of the community association of UNESCO-Biosphere Reserve Bliesgau.
A specially appointed Climate Protection Manager, Dr. Hans-Henning Krämer, is responsible for the management of climate protection activities in the Biosphere Reserve.
A Climate Protection Council, which was founded in 2013 to be an interface with politics, business, non-profits and the citizens consists of representatives of the county, the communities, businesses and banks, land users and citizens as well as environmental associations.

The professional development of the Masterplan will be carried out by IZES gGmbH in cooperation with Saar-Lor-Lux Umweltzentrum GmbH as well as ATP Axel Thös Planung.
The integration of all stakeholders in the region (informing, participating, engaging) en route to the 100% Masterplan Climate Protection is the basis of all activities.

At the start of July 2014 IZES presented the Climate Protection Council a preliminary report after preparatory discussions. This report will be presented to the city and community councils as well as the Board of Directors of the Biosphere Association in the coming weeks. It exists in both a long version and a short version.


Contakt Climate Protection Manager:

Climate Protection Manager Biosphere Bliesgau
Dr. Hans-Henning Krämer
Stadt St. Ingbert
Am Markt 12
66386 St. Ingbert
Telephon: 0 68 94 / 13 - 738
Mobil: 0174 915 2842
Telefax: 0 68 94 / 13 - 589
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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