Rotenburg (Wümme) Germany

Model region total area (ha) 

207 012 ha

Brief description of the location

The county lies between the Hanseatic cities Hamburg and Bremen and has close proximity to Hannover, the capital city of Lower Saxony. It is one of the biggest counties in Germany.


Type of landscape

In Rotenburg (Wümme) one can find regions of Geest (slightly raised landscape with sandy soil), lowlands created through formerly cultivation of moors or still intact moor systems. The rivers Wümme and Oste flow through the county and create important natural habitats and an attractive landscape.

Besides agricultural areas the county has a rural landscape with forests, moors, rivers and some heathland regions.


Type of population

  • 57 municipalities
  • 163 000 inhabitants
  • 78 inhabitants per km2

52 of the municipalities are small (<5000 inhabitants) and only five have bigger dimensions (9000-21,000 inhabitants).

Economic activity

Share of employees in the main economic sectors:


About 68% of the area in Rotenburg (Wümme) is used for agricultural purposes, about 15% is forest.

Types of LCMW biomass in the region

1. Roadside hedge- and treerows





2. Moorland



Relevance  of LCMW biomass types

1. Road side hedge- and treerows

  • Municipal and county-owned roads à homogenous distribution over whole region
  • Approximate 1 % of the region area
  • Clear paths from vegetation to prevent blocking and secure passage à Technical infrastructure
  • Maintenance of newly planted trees and shrubs on wayside strips, which now are falsely used by agriculture à Technical infrastructure, nature/environmental protection, scenery
  • The LCMW biomass is currently used as fuel wood to a very limited extend, smaller dimensions unused

2. Moorland

  • Concentrated on certain areas
  • Approximate 4 % of the region area is moorland, however only 1,5 % of the counties area is relevant for the work in greenGain.
  • Moorland under nature protection or/and NATURA 2000. Maintenance work in order to reduce drainage through trees à Nature/environmental protection
  • The LCMW biomass is currently used to limited extend

Pictures: Aline Clalüna, Alexander Rosenberg