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The specialist services for nature conservation and water and soil protection in the district of Gießen can now be found again in the district administration at Gießener Riversplatz. After about a year in Philipp-Reis-Straße, the employees have now moved to offices in Building E on Riversplatz.

"Nature makes a significant contribution to our quality of life, so protecting it must be an important concern of ours," says Dr. Christiane Schmahl, first member of the district council and head of the environment for the district of Gießen. The nature conservation legislation takes this concern into account by calling for the careful use of nature. It's not just about animals and plants and their habitats. The groundwater and surface water, the soil and the landscape are also protected. “The employees of the specialist services for nature conservation and water and soil protection are the contact persons for all questions relating to these topics,” explains Christiane Schmahl.


"Water is a particularly valuable asset"

“Our goal is to safeguard biological diversity,” explains Stephan Stein, head of the Nature Conservation Service. “As the lower nature conservation authority, we look after natural monuments and nature reserves. And we are responsible for the protection of species, plan our own projects, promote projects of other organizations and advise on the protection of animals, plants and their habitats. ”The specialist service is also involved in construction projects and planning for land use and development so that nature conservation is taken into account .

Klaus-Peter Burger, Head of the Water and Soil Protection Service, emphasizes: "Water is a particularly valuable asset: It provides drinking water, provides habitats and is an elementary part of the ecosystem." The lower water authority therefore oversees groundwater and surface waters such as rivers and lakes as well as water and mineral spring protection areas. She is the point of contact for water use, structures in and on water bodies, as well as the design of ponds and rivers. "We are also responsible for waste water and sewage treatment plants as well as the storage of substances hazardous to water, for example in private heating oil tanks," adds Burger. Another important task of the specialist service is to protect the soil from harmful changes.

Both specialist services are open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The contact person at the Nature Conservation Service is Stefanie Schlosser, phone 0641 9390 1489 or email to [email protected] The specialist water and soil protection service can be reached on 0641 9390-1219 or by email at [email protected] Further information is available on the district's website at under the heading “Environment Building Waste”.