Now that dNmark is well on track, we are defining case study areas.. and so meeting with local decision-makers. I am really impressed (and grateful) they all speak English and even agree to discuss their issues in English. So far I have attended two stakeholders meetings, and both case studies are completely different. These two case studies have had complete opposite management and therefore are interesting challenges. dNmark aims at investigating scenarios to decrease Nitrogen leaching from agriculture.
In Varde, Filsø is a lake (sø means lake) that was recently restored. Before1852, the area was covered by a lake of about 2000 ha, making it the second largest lake in the country. From 1852 it was progressively drained, with the largest dranaige after WWII, when 750 ha of lake was drained. The land was then used for farming; crops and then pig farming. In 2010, it was bought by the Danish Nature Agency (Danmarks Naturfond) to restore it. Today it is a lake, protected dunes, marshland, forest and scrub. To the east of the lake, there are still a lot of farms, especially pig farms. The Nitrogen leaching from these farms is the current focus of dNmark.
A large part of Hørve (in Odsherred) is located on reclaimed land. The legend says that after losing land from the Germans in 1864, someone thought that “what was lost, shall be won”. In 1873, a dam was built in Lammefjord and water was pumped out… and it wasn’t fully finished until 1939! The area reclaimed represents 4000 ha. It is incredibly fertile land, and no fertilizer is used. Vegetables growing here are certified ‘Lammefjord’.