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Wierig tells a vivid story about the mosquito problem his administra-tion, state environment agency SGD Süd, faced. When the project started, it was difcult to get the public inter-ested. Measures against fooding hardly appealed to the people living in the area. Until they heard that dur-ing the project, a lot of extra water would be stored in the area of Hördt. “People reacted strongly to that. More water means more mosquitos, they said, what are you going to do about that?” In a way, the issue of the bugs was a good thing for Wie-rigs project. “It was the frst step of many in the process of engaging the public. It opened a discussion be-tween farmers and ecologists.”

Advantage for the other projects

The mosquito problem was not just relevant to the local community. Wierig’s international colleagues in the ALFA project were also eager to hear how his team handled them. Wierig: “It turned out that mosquitos were an issue in all the areas, even in Paris. We solved the problem by

diminishing the mosquito popula-tion with a natural protein that is frozen and spread over the food plain. Knowing this worked, was an advantage for the other teams.”

In turn, Wierig learned a lot from the other projects as well. For instance, the British Eden Rivers Trust’s pro-jects were insightful. “From the start, they invested in education. We had never dealt with education, but the

British projects showed us how important it is. People tend to for-get a lot. In our area, the Rhineland Palatinate, the last damaging food was in 1955 and before that in 1883. Because there is so much time in between, it is hard to convince peo-ple of the danger. In our educational programme, we put in children’s minds that we have to live with water.

It is an investment in their knowledge. They’ll grow up and be aware of the risks.”

The ALFA project ended, but Wierig’s project in Hördt will continue for many more years. The reserve area

for extreme foods in Hördt will be ready for use in 2024. “We have only just begun, the protection against foods is an ongoing process.” <

A picture of a man whose nose is covered with midges. Images of toads, moles and lizards. Watching Heinz Peter Wierig’s presentation at the ALFA End Conference, it is hardly a surprise that Wierig is a biologist. As a project manager in Hördt, a municipality in the South-German Rheinland-Pfalz area, he is responsible for the dikes on the left side of the Upper Rhine. The project focuses not only on food protection through water retention, but also facilitates forestry, agriculture and recreation.

“We have only just begun, the protection against foods is an ongoing process.”

More water means more

mosquitos, they said, what are you going to do

about that?”

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