Greifswald Bodden on the German island Rügen is a popular tourist destination and at the same time the habitat of many water organisms. But how to protect endangered species and at the same time allow people to enjoy the local waters? The German branch of World Wildlife Fund has decided to solve this question and reached out to us with a request for help.
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When the popular recreational area became a protected territory, people had to restrict their behaviour for the benefit of the endangered fauna. Until lately, the locals as well as visitors were forced to follow a paper manual. The rules for sailing and fishing in designated areas change throughout the year making it difficult to keep up. Our task was to figure out a way to help people to get oriented better in the Rügen waters.
For the sailing, sports or fishing enthusiasts, we created an application that presents an overall view of the current occurrence of endangered species and connected restrictions. The interactive maritime map with a simple GPS navigation will lead the user through the whole area as well as offer information about rare kinds of fish and birds that live there. People can observe the local biodiversity from a safe distance without having to extensively research the route.
Greifwald Bodden is part of the Natura 2000 framework which serves the purpose of protection of most endangered fauna and flora on the territory of European Union. Our application for WWF helps to fulfil its mission to protect the biological diversity in selected areas. In 2019, those consisted of approximately 15 % of terrestrial and 45 % of the maritime area of Germany.
“The cooperation with Ackee was a great experience for us. The whole team was utmost professional and we are very satisfied with the final application.”