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Let’s protect forests together


Help us raise €14,000 to support our project!

By scanning the QR code on some of our Sojade products, you can make a €1 contribution to forest protection.

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Sojade works in harmony with nature

In organic farming, we actively promote biodiversity by cultivating in a regional and renewable way, while ensuring that resources are used sparingly and carefully. A healthy ecosystem helps to strengthen biodiversity and thus, forms the basis for long-term sustainable food production.

In this way, we are making an active contribution to preserving an intact biosphere by respecting the carrying capacity of ecosystems, preserving vital habitats and allowing them to regenerate.

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Sojade helps maintain a functional biosphere

Intact ecosystems represent our natural basis for life and are essential to the proper functioning of vital natural cycles.

The Bergwaldprojekt is making an active contribution to restoring our ecosystems, because 6 of the 9 load limits of our planet have already been exceeded – not least through the loss of biodiversity.

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Sojade raises awareness of the causes of ecosystems in difficulty

Beyond organic farming, we are committed to raising awareness of the causes of environmental problems. In a world where human activities have an impact on the environment, it is important for us not only to promote sustainable practices, but also to tackle the root causes.

It is essential to understand the consequences of one’s own actions in order to promote social change.

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Subsidised project week at Fichtelberg in the Fichtelgebirge (Germany)

We are supporting a project week worth €14,000, organised by the Bergwaldprojekt e.V. foundation for the protection and maintenance of ecosystems.

28.07.24 – 03.08.24

Maintaining biotopes and forests

Project area:
Around the Ochsenkopf (see here on the map)

Special features:
The main European watershed between the North Sea and the Black Sea passes through here.

Bergwaldprojekt project partners:
In collaboration with Bayerischen Staatsforsten AöR

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What characterises the Fichtelgebirge?

The Fichtelgebirge is a region of great natural beauty and ecological diversity. Among the many features of the landscape, the rivers stand out as important elements that shape the region’s ecosystem. With four major rivers originating here, it was once referred to as the “fountain of the heart of Europe”.

The Fichtelgebirge is also a major water collector thanks to its numerous peat bogs and the main European watershed between the North Sea and the Black Sea. These topographical features make the Fichtelgebirge a unique place in terms of water resources and ecological diversity.

What’s more, the Fichtelgebirge also provides a habitat for rare species such as the capercaillie, which has found refuge and a home here to this day. This underlines the ecological importance and conservation value of this region, which should be ensured through sustainable use and protection of natural habitats.

Since 2010, the Bergwaldprojekt e.V. association has been working in this region, maintaining capercaillie biotopes, rehydrating marshes and renaturating streams.

What are the aims of the project in the Fichtelgebirge?

1. Biodiversity is seen as a factor of stability for the biosphere.
2. The water storage capacity of forests and marshes is important for the region’s water supply.
3. Stablilize forests and peatlands store carbon over the long term and help to mitigate the consequences of the climate crisis.
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But still…

Maintenance of the capercaillie biotope

The capercaillie population in the Fichtelgebirge is a genetically adapted local population. The Bergwaldprojekt e.V. is promoting important sources of food and hiding places, and moving the main migration routes away from nesting areas, so that the shy bird characteristic of mountain forests once again has a chance of survival. As capercaillies are also flighty birds, the project is providing the necessary “take-off and landing strips” by creating open spaces.

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Re-watering the marshes

Re-watering bogs allows water to return to the “expressed sponge” of the raised bog. This is important, because intact raised bogs not only provide a habitat for many animals, but are also capable of absorbing up to 1,400 tonnes of carbon per hectare. This is why re-watering is a measure that protects the environment by helping to store CO2 and preserving the ecosystem.

Renaturation of the stream

The existing black alders and willows are being encouraged by the removal of spruce trees. These trees play an important role in stabilising the banks of streams thanks to their shallow root system. This protects them from erosion and scouring. What’s more, the leaves of these trees help to purify the water by filtering out organic and mineral matter. So not only do they improve water quality, they also help to keep the soil healthy.

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Bergwaldprojekt e.V.

The Bergwaldprojekt has been organising volunteer work in forests, marshes and cultural landscapes for over 30 years. This year, in Germany alone, the association’s project weeks will enable around 5,000 volunteers to discover nature. In 2023, 169 project weeks took place at 74 different sites throughout Germany. The aims of the workcamps are to stabilise the multiple functions of ecosystems, to make the volunteers involved aware of the importance of and acute threat to the natural basis of life, and to help transform society towards sustainable and sufficient resource management. As of this year, the Bergwaldprojekt is officially a project of the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration.

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Was the week a success?
Stay tuned – we’ll let you know as soon as it’s over.

The partnership is based on general Terms and Conditions.


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