The Belgian Gagea in Germany

Title of the project

The Belgian Gagea (Gagea spathacea) in Germany: Conservation strategies in response to climate change within the context of sustainable forest management.

Project duration

2013 – 2019

Short description

The objective of this project is to analyse the effects of changing environmental conditions (e.g. climate change, nitrogen deposition), forest management and history on the population continuance and distribution of the Belgian Gagea (Gagea spathacea). Specific management and conservation strategies will be derived accordingly. In this context, assisted migration experiments in near-natural and renaturated forest stands will be carried out to evaluate the potential effects for maintaining forest biodiversity.

G. spathacea can be considered as an indicator species for forest biotopes with a high conservation value due to its specific habitat requirements and low dispersal ability. Thus, the results will be of high value for long-term forest biodiversity conservation in response of global environmental changes and for the implementation of adaptive forest management strategies.


Total project budget: 838.987 €
432.383 € financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
406.604€ financed by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation(BFN)


  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Institut of Ecology (coordination and research)
  • Community forest Stadtwald Lübeck (implementation)
  • Kurt und Erika Schrobach-Stiftung Kiel (implementation)
  • AG Geobotanik in Schleswig-Holstein & Hamburg e.V. (cooperation)
  • Landesamtes für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und ländliche Räume des Landes Schleswig-Holstein (cooperation)

Financed by

  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) with financial means of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

Involved researchers at the institute

  • Prof. Dr. Werner Härdtle
  • Dr. Andreas Fichtner