13th International Workcamp: Young people design climate garden in Rangsdorf

07.08.17 12:54

A sporty "Sorting Relay for proper Waste Separation" marks the beginning of the 13th International Workcamp in Rangsdorf for the sixteen participants taking part. Around the ages of 16 to 23, the young people involved, who come from Armenia, Bulgaria, Italy, Japan, Russia, Serbia, Spain and Turkey, as well as Germany, will continue to be on the move. This Monday, they take off on a cycle tour to get to know their hosts and the area of Rangsdorf. Over the next few weeks, they will be designing the Rangsdorf Climate Garden under the supervision of the Landschaftspflegeverein Mittelbrandenburg e. V. (the Countryside Trust of Mittelbrandenburg). The climate garden is set out to be a meeting place for friends of the climate, both big and small, and environmentalists.

Since 2005, the International Workcamp, supported by the community of Rangsdorf and the Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, has made its mission to inspire young people from the entire world for environmental care and development. On top of this, the participants can expect different trips in and around Berlin and Brandenburg, as well as guided tours (e.g. in the Bundestag (German parliament) or to Berlin Airport).

Dr. Manfred Bobke-von Camen, (Chief Human Resources Officer of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH): "We, on the part of the airport company, are pleased to support this project for the 13th year running. The International Workcamp is excellent proof that visible results for our environment can be achieved, when people come together to tackle something –regardless of their origin or background. It is especially important for us that the work being done goes on to benefit residents with the region of the airport."

This year, the workcamp moves into the town centre with its climate garden. In this way, organisers hope to increase awareness and spur on long-term involvement of Rangsdorf residents. The municipally owned plot is currently an impenetrable thicket of stinging nettles. In the next three weeks, however, the view over the 2,500 square metres is bound to change. In the course of the workcamp, seating areas, an information point, a refuge area for different animal species, plant varieties and other plant bed sorts are all to be created. Figments of the imagination of the international participants are sure to flow into other elements of the project being realised.

Irrespective of the colour of their skin, their religion or their background, young people will set about their project collectively. Behind the idea of the International Workcamp is the aim of connecting the most diverse of cultures through work in the natural world.

The International Workcamp was hosted for the first time in 2005. The organisers include the Landschaftspflegeverein Mittelbrandenburg e. V., as well as the Verein Internationale Jugendgemeinschaftsdienst (International Youth Services – ijgd). Since its inception, 210 young people from 36 nations have already paid their service to nature and the landscape zone of Rangsdorf.

In the course of establishing the Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), the airport company is implementing many long-term compensation and replacement efforts, with the aim of preserving and bettering the natural balance of the habitats around the BER. The largest of the projects is the enhancement of the Zülow lowlands, a culturally important agricultural lowland area between Mittenwalde, Dabendorf and Rangsdorf of around 2,600 hectares.

Thanks to its good connections to both road and rail, Rangsdorf is the gateway to the Zülow lowlands and therefore the perfect starting point for jaunts out into nature. Through its elaboration and not being far from the railway station, the Rangsdorf Climate Garden constitutes an extra destination and local addition to the measures being carried out in the Zülow lowlands.

The Workcamp takes place until 27 August. Media representatives are invited to visit the young people in action on-site to talk about their landscape designing work. Please complete registrations for visits directly with the LPV Mittelbrandenburg e. V. (Countryside Trust Mittelbrandenburg). An invitation to the closing event is to be sent separately.

LPV Mittelbrandenburg e.V.
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Hannes Stefan Hönemann Head of Corporate

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